ANTIGONISH: St. Francis Xavier University President Dr. Kent MacDonald and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Canada’s 18th Prime Minister, will announce the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government and the construction of Mulroney Hall on Wednesday.
The public launch will take place at 11 a.m. in the Schwartz Auditorium of StFX’s Gerald Schwartz School of Business.
The project is the first of its kind in Canada – focused on undergraduate students with the highest calibre of academic excellence.
The new Institute is designed around providing public policy and governance programming – programs typically only available at the graduate level. A cornerstone of the project includes endowments for academic chairs and student scholarships and bursaries.
A new facility called Mulroney Hall will provide new teaching, learning and research spaces. It will house the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, which will also include an interactive exhibit displaying personal memorabilia, including letters from Nelson Mandela, US President Ronald Reagan, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and other articles chronicling Mr. Mulroney’s tenure as Canada’s 18th Prime Minister.
Known for its distinct culture and storied history of imbuing social justice, leadership and a curiosity about people and the world into its students and alumni, the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government will perfectly align with StFX’s values.
The construction of this transformational project will have a huge immediate and long-term economic impact on Antigonish and the surrounding communities, with a vision of benefitting Canada in the longer term.
Mulroney will be joined by his family, including his wife, Mila Mulroney, and his daughter, Caroline Mulroney Lapham.
The StFX community will be joined by national political, business and community leaders, including the former New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair of TD Bank Group, and former Canadian Ambassador to the United States; Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia Minister of Finance and MLA for Antigonish; and other dignitaries.