Mulroney is not well thought of by most Canadians. This is indisputable.
But when he was charged by the RCMP for suspected corruption in the purchase of Airbus aircraft, he went to court and counter-sued the Canadian Government for damages. His party was out of power at the time, and he had no friends in Government to cover him. He did this on his own.
The charges were dropped and he was awarded over fifty million dollars in damages as a result. Several high-ranking RCMP officials were fired as a result of this and the whole force took a considerable hit in public credibility.
As for Mulroney's most hated policies:
These would be the GST and and the Free Trade Agreement. Many Canadians were incensed by these policies and Jean Chretien's solemn promises to "tear up Free Trade" and "End the GST" were what got him elected in the first place.
Oddly enough, after a decade in power, Jean Chretien never even attempted to dismantle either of these "hated" policies. In fact he reinforced several areas of each....and was contemplateing RAISING the GST at one point.
I guess he liked them, after all....no matter what he told the sheep in order to get himself elected into a position of absolute power.
And if you care to check the historical record, you will see that he also seemed to like a whole bunch of the policies of both the Tories and the Reform/Alliance...because he adopted many of them as if they were his own while abandoning the traditional policies of the Liberals.
All the time he was doing this, he was loudly proclaiming just the opposite, and ridiculing the parties and the people who had originated these ideas.
And while he was doing that, he was also busy stealing hundreds of millions of hard-earned tax dollars while we (well, while SOME of us) weren't looking.
The man was a crook and a charlatan of the highest order. Most everything he did (outside of the policies that he stole from the Tories and Reform) were strictly self-serving and designed to keep him in power. No matter what it cost the Canadian people in the long run.
His refusal to revamp Health care in order to make it truly sustainable, offloading costs to the Provinces without any sort of consultation with them, letting the Canadian military wither away to nothing, and the massive deterioration of our relationship with our biggest trading partner are his dubious legacy to the people of Canada.
Let's not even talk about the Kyoto Accord, and what it will do to us if implemented. Or what it will do to the environment.
He has set us up for a big fall. On numerous fronts. Simultaneously.
He is...by far...the very WORST
among our most reprehensible Prime Ministers in the history of this country.
I spit on his very name.