Brain Mulroney's tarnished reputation had been receiving a face lift in the last couple of years, with several high-profile acknowledgements of his past accomplishments. It was almost as if Canadians were starting to appreciate Mulroney's legacy, a better perspective with the benefit of time. Mulroney the "greenest" Prime Minister, Mulroney the statesman, Mulroney the free trade trail brazer, much of the commentary more positive than during his actual tenure. In other words, to some extent, Mulroney was being rehabilitated.
Within this context, Mulroney's memoirs represent the undoing of all the historical revision, and forever ensure the former PM is remembered for what our memories sometimes forget- an insecure, jealous asshole, a little man, a cad who's ambitions undermined his stature.
A politicians memoirs represent their last chance to frame their legacy, an important document that takes prominence as time fades, and future generations look back in history classes. Mulroney has now etched in stone his psychological failings, with no room for interpretation and provided the unflattering period to his story. Rather than a relevant commentary on others, the memoirs will speak volumes to Canadians about the nature of the man.
Mulroney has effectively undone all the recent goodwill, and put to pen a lasting document of why he never quite lived up to the people he tried to outshine. Thank-you Mr. Mulroney for piercing through the nostalgia of history and reminding us all once again how it was you brought a great party to extinction. Rather than anger, I react with the view that Mulroney has done history a favor.