Mulroney: Reagan admired neighbor, leader

June 11, 2004 at 12:20 PM

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney Friday eulogized former U.S. President Ronald Reagan as a respected leader, admired neighbor and friend.

"Ronald Reagan does not enter history tentatively -- he does so with certainty and panache," Mulroney said at the U.S. National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. "His were not the pallid etchings of a timid politician -- they were the bold strokes of a confident and accomplished leader.

"I have been truly blessed to have been a friend of Ronald Reagan," Mulroney said.

Mulroney, whose Progressive Conservative party found much common ground with the Reagan Republicans, worked closely with Reagan, and the two were personal friends. The two leaders' work led to the 1988 Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement, which was the first of its kind.

Mulroney's was the second of four eulogies to be delivered at Reagan's funeral. His remarks followed those of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and preceded speeches by Former President George H.W. Bush and current President George W. Bush.

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