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The destruction of the Progressive Conservative Party started in 1983 when it named Brian Mulroney the successor to Joe Clark as head of the Progressive Conservative Party The next year elections were held and the Progressive Conservatives won record two hundred and eleven seats He was then re-elected in the four years later as the Conservatives won another majority Brian Mulroney was the heart of Canadians dislike of politicians and government in general The news media claimed the recession of the 1990s was made in Canada as a result of the Federal governments policies of high interest rates and free trade Other causes were movement of some industrial production to Mexico and the introduction of the popular Goods and Sales tax By the winter of 1991 the economic situation in Canada was being compared to the worst years of the depression of 1929-1939 Twenty five per cent of the people living in Metropolitan Toronto were receiving government assistance Its no wonder why people did not hold their government in high esteem Brian Mulroney resigned from office in 1993 There had been scandals and cover-ups and the strong suspicion that among those in power had looked after themselves and their colleagues at the expense of the citizens who had elected him One of Brian Mulroneys biggest mistakes as leader of the Progressive Conservatives was his policy on the oldest and most politically dangerous topics in Canada Free Trade with the Americans It was unusual that someone from the PC party would support Historically Conservative leaders have tended to oppose the initiative while the liberals have supported it Mulroney said in his pre-election campaign that If it affects Canadian sovereignty and we will have none of it not during leadership campaigns or at any other time Two months later Mulroneys Finance Minister Michael Wilson said that there are opportunities to trade with the Americans Ronald Reagan who was President of the United States at this time
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