|Mila Mulroney and son Mark.
Mila Mulroney was definitely a change from Margaret Trudeau, Maureen
McTeer or Geills Turner, the prime ministerial spouses who came before her. Some described Mila
as "the perfect political wife." She was lovely enough to look
at, and happy to stand beside her husband and be supportive.
Mila was very popular, and had many invitations to attend functions and
endorse charities. She also had the unusual perk of her own offices
and staff on Parliament Hill. She took a prominent role as a spouse, but
didn't make strong political statements. Cystic fibrosis was her cause of choice.
Mila loved travelling with her husband on official trips, and shopping in
In 1987, a Globe and Mail investigation revealed that the Mulroneys
had borrowed $300,000 from the Tories to renovate 24 Sussex Drive. It was just
one of many stories about Mila's love for shopping and her supposedly
profligate spending. She earned the unfortunate nickname Imelda (after
Imelda Marcos) for her reportedly large collection of shoes.
Mila and Brian have four children: Nicolas, Mark, Ben and Caroline.
One of their three sons, Ben, was too young to speak out on issues when his
dad was prime minister. Now he is best-known for his role as host of
the television show Canadian Idol.
Click below for a look at some of the better-known family members of our
most recent PMs: