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Brian Mulroney officially opens university institute in N.S. that bears his name

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is taking part in a ceremony today in Nova Scotia to officially open an institute named after him at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.

Canada’s 18th prime minister graduated from the university in 1959.

The $60-million Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, housed in a new 75,000-square-foot building called Mulroney Hall, will offer what it says will be Canada’s only public policy program for undergraduates.

In a speech prepared for delivery at the event, Mulroney says the institute will provide opportunities for young Canadians and others from around the world to “learn, lead and help build a better world for us all.”

Mulroney donated $1 million to the original fundraising campaign, and he helped raise the rest — most of it from private donations, though the Nova Scotia government contributed $5 million.

When the project was first announced in October 2016, Mulroney said about $10 million would be set aside for an endowment to support student scholarships and bursaries.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2019.

The Canadian Press