Meet A Notebook Subscriber: Brian Mulroney

It’s no secret one of the nation’s top political junkies tunes into The Macdonald Notebook.

Brian Mulroney has been a paid reader since last year.

In the Gerald Schwartz Auditorium at St. FX last fall are, from left, Fen Osler Hampson, author of Master of Persuasion: Brian Mulroney’s Global Legacy; St. FX president Dr. Kent MacDonald; and former PM Brian Mulroney. Photo by Brendan Ahern/The Macdonald Notebook.

Normally, I do not name my subscribers, but I do share Notebook reader endorsements and when you have a former Canadian prime minister reading you, well we think that is mighty neat.

Last weekend, in a chat with the former PM, he wanted to renew his subscription to The Notebook even though its expiry date does not come up until this summer.

“I hope your business is going well. You can renew my subscription now and you can send the bill,” Mulroney tells me.

Speaking last weekend to The Notebook from his Florida seasonal residency in Palm Beach, I asked Mulroney whether he was going to visit Palm Beach’s most famous resident, Donald Trump.

Mulroney, who was preparing to go to a pre-Super Bowl Party last weekend, quipped that he thought Trump was off golfing.

He might not go out of his way to meet the president who scrapped Mulroney’s beloved North American Free Trade Pact.

Brian Mulroney on the campaign trail in Belleville, Ont., in 1988. Andrew Macdonald Photo

Mulroney ran the 1988 election campaign on free trade, while Liberal leader John Turner strongly opposed the pact with America.

Former Halifax Liberal MP Mary Clancy, who defeated Mulroney cabinet minister Stu McInnes in 1988, later told me that Mulroney’s free trade pact was a brilliant policy move which greatly benefited Canada and Atlantic Canadian exporters.

Clancy now writes an occasional Opinion column for The Notebook, along with Tory Chad Bowie and NDPer Mat Whynott.

The Macdonald Notebook reader endorsements:

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At The Macdonald Notebook, my team of writers in Halifax, the South Shore and  in Charlottetown, as well as myself, believe in the power of word of mouth advertising.

So, here are some Notebook Reader endorsements, to help guide you on whether you also want to become a Notebook Insider, just like the 1,000-plus folk who tune into our exclusive, not seen elsewhere news scoops:

  • Erin O’Toole, a former federal Tory leadership aspirant: “The movers and shakers read you, Andrew”.
  • Don Mills, leading Atlantic and Halifax pollster: “Anyone interested in good reporting about what is happening in Nova Scotia might want to read The Macdonald Notebook, which is published on Saturdays.”
  • Business mogul Gregg Keating, chairman of the Keating Group of Companies: “Andrew Macdonald has encompassed “niche journalism” and runs down the track with it, thoroughly crossing the finish line with each report. He leaves no stone unturned and no question unanswered. Factual, compelling reporting. A joyful read.”
  • Billy Joe MacLean, leading Port Hawkesbury politico: “I am really enjoying your Macdonald Notebook. You have not only captured an audience of followers, but you also have the experience of years behind you to dig out your contacts. So keep up the interesting news items.”
  • Layton Dorey, Halifax south end raised, and now Toronto-based senior vice president at Northstar Research Partners: “The Macdonald Notebook provides the colour between the lines that allows news to become information. In a time when too many media organizations essentially reprint press releases, Andrew has personal conversations with the newsmakers. Not satisfied with simply the ‘what’, The Notebook goes further, to enlighten on the ‘why’.”
  • John MacDonell, a product of Nova Scotia, who later became the province’s most powerful backroom operator in the Harper government: “Your political coverage is awesome for political junkies like me. Good on you and kudos for excellence. You have a way of explaining things so that readers understand that those involved in partisan politics are human just like everyone else.”
  • Robbie Harrison, Liberal minister in the former John Savage government: “Your well-crafted journalism style is ‘down home – high quality’ reporting – concise, informative, diverse, historically accurate, objective, humorous and pleasantly intimate.”
  • A Nova Scotia judge: “Journalism is becoming a dying art I am glad there are people like you who are keeping it alive.”
  • Halifax real estate developer Wadih Fares, honorary consul general for Lebanon: “I have been reading Andrew’s stories for 15 years. I am always curious to see what he is going to write about and he is very curious himself but honest. He is passionate about journalism and above all he is trustworthy. He is experienced, his stories are fair, balanced and very professional. That’s what good journalism is all about!”
  • Los Angeles commercial mortgage broker and Cape Breton native Bruce Evans: “I find the publication especially interesting for some of the insights you won’t find in more traditional news sources, thanks to Andrew’s extensive network of movers and shakers.”
  • Prominent Chester-Halifax realtor Piers Baker: “Andrew is a very fine writer and has oodles of information on the local real estate scene. He is probably the most tapped-in person in this part of the world.”
  • Betsy Macdonald, NDP caucus toiler: “The Macdonald Notebook is not ‘He said, She said’ journalism. Instead, it’s old-fashioned story-telling.”
  • Matt, who joined as a grade 10 student (our youngest subscriber): “I really enjoy your weekly publication, when not busy with school and work, and it has been great to see it grow so much over the last year. It is one of the most interesting and well written news sources in the province in my opinion!”
  • Victoria Hines, realtor, Royal LePage Atlantic: “Your news is addictive”.
  • Mark Boudreau, director of Corporate Affairs for Loblaw Halifax: “Andrew is quintessentially Nova Scotian. He is a tough but fair reporter–and he cares about his readers. His columns are always insightful, and with him, you always get insight that you don’t in any other business reporting in the province.”
  • Chris Lambie, Halifax Herald toiler and one of the foremost Halifax journalists of his time: “Andrew, your newsletters keep getting better and better. Congratulations on carrying your energy for reporting to a platform of your own”.
  • Former NS PC leadership contender John Lohr: Nova Scotia’s political publication.”
  • A new Nova Scotia resident: “I found your site while looking for stories about the NS PC leadership convention, and I’m most interested in reading your articles on provincial politics. I’m fairly new to Nova Scotia and trying to get familiar with the recent political history here, and your publication seems to give some deeper insight than the usual mainstream news sources.”
  • Property developer Maurice Fares, VP of WM Fares Group: “My eyes are always peeled to The Macdonald Notebook. You are doing a good job and staying relevant, that is for sure. You have a unique flair to your writing. I think the Halifax community is now used to it, and I think everyone is quite fond of it, to tell you the truth.”
  • Robert Zed, chair, Triangle Strategies, Halifax/Toronto: “The Macdonald Notebook nails it, every edition, every time. Andrew you’re a great story teller and journalist of hard facts and informative well researched news. I am happy to continue to support and promote your great leading edge news and The Notebook. I look forward to your great coverage. Congrats”.
  • Tim Moore, Chester-Halifax serial entrepreneur: “Keep up the good journalism work, very impressive.”

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