St. Thomas University News Release
For Immediate Release: August 6, 2002
St. Thomas names new building Brian Mulroney Hall
[ Fredericton ] - St. Thomas University's Board of Governors is pleased to announce its decision to name the university's new professional studies building after one of its most distinguished alumni, the 18th Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney.
Brian Mulroney was a student at St. Thomas College from 1953 to 1955; he graduated after completing his high school programme. During this period St. Thomas was located in Chatham, New Brunswick.
The University's Board of Governors follows a formal policy on naming buildings. This policy includes a number of factors, including the recognition of the unique accomplishments of its alumni.
Brian Mulroney served almost 9 years as Prime Minister, having led his party to successive majority governments in 1984 and 1988. He was the first Canadian political leader in 35 years to achieve this and the first Conservative leader to do so in 100 years.
Prime Minister Mulroney's government negotiated the historic Canada - U.S. Trade Agreement and the subsequent North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He also concluded the Canada - U.S. Acid Rain Treaty, viewed today as a milestone in environmental protection.
Prime Minister Mulroney served as co-chairman of the U.N.'s first World Summit on Children and during his tenure, Canada played a leading role in opposing apartheid in South Africa creating Le Sommet de La Francophonie and supporting the United Nations Gulf War coalition.
Mr. Mulroney was surprised and honoured when a delegation led by Dr. Daniel O'Brien, President and Vice Chancellor of St. Thomas University, visited him in Montreal to present the proposal and seek his permission to name the building, "Brian Mulroney Hall".
A building naming ceremony will be held in Fredericton, N.B. on August 28, 2002.