Mulroney leaves a legacy at StFX

(From the left): Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey, Deputy Chair of TD Group Frank McKenna, and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney were on hand for the announcement of the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government and the construction of Mulroney Hall.

ANTIGONISH: A former Prime Minister and alumnus is lending his name to two significant developments.
Last week, StFX University announced the formation of the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government and the construction of Mulroney Hall.
The institute will feature, among other programming, a new four-year undergraduate degree in Public Policy and Governance.
Donations from around the world came in to cover the cost of the overall $60 million project, with Mulroney helping to bring in funds. The components will include a $40 million facility in the Mulroney Hall, with the remaining $20 million raised going towards an endowment for academic chairs and student scholarships, bursaries, including funds set aside for underrepresented students.
“My roots are here, this is where my heart is,” explained Mulroney, when asked why he decided to work on this project for StFX.
“This is where I was given my big opportunity in life and I never forgot it. I wanted to give back to StFX, which made a lot of things possible for me.”
Mulroney said the donations to the project ranged from $5 million to $5,000. He said there are plans to publish all the names of the donors in a special issue of the StFX Alumni News.
Frank McKenna, who introduced Mulroney during the announcement, said fundraising began about four years ago.
“This is a tremendous monument to his leadership,” said McKenna. “I believe we should be honouring former prime ministers. This prime minister in particular, even though we are from different political parties, took on some of the most contractible issues… and he deserves full marks for that. Whether one likes him or not, or whether one’s a Conservative or not, one has to respect accomplishment and he did accomplish a great deal.”
The provincial government also offered $5 million in funding. Antigonish MLA and former StFX professor Randy Delorey was on hand for the announcement.
“We often speak about the role of our youth, the importance of our students to the future prosperity of this province and we recognize the foundation they need begins at our academic institutions across this province,” said Delorey.
“It really is a pleasure and an honour to stand here and acknowledge the provincial contributions to this fantastic project. I look forward to seeing the economic activity while it’s being developed but more importantly, the lengthy academic and research pursuits that will it contribute to long into the future.”
The new 75,000 square foot Mulroney Hall will include 16 individual teaching/learning spaces made up of classrooms (ranging in size from 40 to 80 seats), computer labs, faculty offices and seminar rooms, an auditorium with room for at least 300 people, an interactive gallery highlighting Mulroney’s time as Prime Minister and a replica of his working office.
The first class of the Public Policy and Governance program will begin in 2017. Construction of Mulroney Hall is set for completion in late 2018.
“The Brian Mulroney Institute of Government and Mulroney Hall are outstanding additions – and contributions – not only to StFX, but to students across the province and the country, who have a deep and abiding interest in our democratic system, governance and social justice,” stated Dr. Kent MacDonald, President of StFX.
“From the StFX Class of ’59 to Canada’s 18th Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney has never forgotten his alma mater. He embodies what it means to be a Xaverian. For that we are truly honoured – this is an outstanding legacy piece for all to share.”

Guests offered former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney a standing ovation as he took to the podium.
Guests offered former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney a standing ovation as he took to the podium.
StFX University President Dr. Kent MacDonald made the formal announcement of the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government and offered details on the new Mulroney Hall.
StFX University President Dr. Kent MacDonald made the formal announcement of the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government and offered details on the new Mulroney Hall.
Antigonish MLA and former StFX professor Randy Delorey announced the province’s $5 million contribution to the new project.
Antigonish MLA and former StFX professor Randy Delorey announced the province’s $5 million contribution to the new project.