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Mulroney, Reagan sing at 1985 Shamrock Summit

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It signalled a new era in the Canada-U.S. relationship. In 1985, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President Ronald Reagan belted out a rendition of When Irish Eyes Are Smiling that would make their ancestors proud. Their wives, Mila and Nancy, and a host of Canadian celebrities joined the two leaders on stage for the St. Patrick's Day performance, which capped a very cozy 24-hour meeting in Quebec City. The Shamrock Summit would go down in history for the number of handshakes, embraces and praises. Reagan's visit officially flung the door open to future free trade talks between the countries. They both agreed on the necessity of free trade, saying that lowering tariffs and other barriers were a way to increase prosperity for both countries.

Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: March 17, 1985
Program: The National
Reporter: Larry Stout
Duration: 1:46
"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," Lyrics: C. Olcott, G. Graff. Music: E. Ball. ASCAP.

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