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During his years as a corporate executive Mulroney remained active in politics taking every occasion to increase his visibility among the public and to gain support from within the party for his upcoming leadership bid In 1982 because of an economic depression the Iron Ore Company of Canada was forced to close one of its mining and milling towns in Quebec At first this appeared to be a terrible political setback for Mulroney However he turned it into a public relations success by making the people of the town in question believe that there were other alternatives when there were none and by negotiating generous settlements for the workers who had lost their ltA TITLEClick for more information about job STYLEtext-decoration none border-bottom medium solid green HREFhttpsearchtargetwordscomusearchx59771jobAA1VDwgtjobltAgts This earned him respect and won him general support and his reputation as an expert labor lawyer and industrial relations specialist was improved After the election most of his promises were shown to be false hopes but by that time the people had already decided In mid-1983 Clarks leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party was being questioned forcing him to call a national party convention and leadership review Brian Mulroney was again a candidate and he campaigned more sensibly than he had done seven years before He actually had been paying people to ruin Clarks chances of getting the nomination again He had suffered through one dark period in his life he resolved there would be no more He was elected party leader on June 11 1983 after attracting broad support from among the many factions of the party especially from representatives of his native Quebec Mulroneys major initiatives between 1984 and 1988 were the Meech Lake Accord a package of constitutional changes designed to end Quebecs
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