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Martin Brian Mulroney became the 18th prime minister of Canada on September 17 1984 after his party the Progressive Conservatives won the greatest parliamentary victory ever in Canadian history Mulroney was born in 1939 the son of an electrician in the paper mill town of Baie Comeau Quebec Mulroney attended a very strict military type all boys school until the age of 16 when he entered Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish Nova Scotia There he earned an honor degree in political science While at St FX he was active in on campus politics During his first year he became a member of the youth wing of the PC Party of Nova Scotia Before he graduated he was to become the Prime Minister of St FXs famous mock Parliament a position that had been held for years by Liberal students After graduation he studied law at Dalhousie in Halifax and later at Laval University in Quebec from which he graduated in 1962 It was during these years in Quebec that Mulroney became known as the life of the party He frequented most Montreal nightclubs and was quite a ladys man Mulroney also became a slightly more than social drinker After becoming a lawyer in 1965 he joined a prestigious law firm known as Cate Ogilvy later becoming a partner in that firm In May 1973 at the age of 34 he married a beautiful 20 year old Mila Pivnicki daughter of Yugoslav immigrants The Mulroneys would go on to have three children Mulroney worked energetically for the Progressive Conservative Party as a young lawyer serving on the partys finance and policy committees and on its 1968 and 1972 campaign committees He first came into the public eye in 1974 as a member of the Cliche Royal Commission which investigated corruption and violence in the Quebec construction industry Also involved in this commission was Mulroneys friend and future Quebec
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