If Brian Mulroney had had his way, the former Parti Québécois finance minister would have accepted the then Tory prime minister’s 1987 invitation to sit in the upper chamber. Mr. Mulroney was seeking to appoint enough pro-free-trade senators to ensure passage of his signature economic initiative. Mr. Parizeau supported the Canada-U.S. trade deal, but his separatist allegiances won out. He said no.
The offer — for Parizeau to sit as independent in the Senate — was also part of Mulroney's strategy to attract sovereigntists into the Canadian fold so to speak. Mulroney did the same with Lucien Bouchard.
Political pundit Gerry Nicholls says he isn't at all surprised by this story.
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