Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister, Prime Minister Of Canada discussed on As It Happens from CBC Radio
If a Prime Minister of Canada is lucky and I mean really lucky he gets to have a John on crosby and his cabinet one not too. That's how former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney began a tribute to his late friend and colleague in Saint John's earlier today dignitaries dignitaries and politicians of all stripes including Justin Trudeau and former prime minister. Joe Clark gathered for Mr Crosby state funeral in the provincial capital. Mr Crosby served as a cabinet having a minister under both Mr Clark and Mr Mulroney at the podium Brian Mulroney honored his friends fierce advocacy. Not only for his province but for his country entry as a whole and he offered a tentative impersonation of John Crosby in this story about the birth of CBC News World Commentators have discussed the crosby sense of humor. I never saw any of it so here. We are at another cabinet meeting a little while later. And the Minister of communications occasions came in with a project to create a new instrument called Newsworld and to fund it with a further grant to the BBC. So the debate went around the cabinet table and finally John put up his hand now. I can't imitate them but I'M GONNA try. What the Hell he put up his hand and you know many of you know that when he was trying to make an important point he closed his eyes so I knew it was going to be important because both of them were bat shot so he puts up his and and he said Prime Minister? May I say something back. I said sure John What is it. He said as I understand understand it we are presently giving the CBC a billion dollars a year so they can savage us eighteen hours a day. Is that right prime minister. Well John is just about right and he said this I understand we are going to create an instrument called news world and we are going to give the CBC she another two hundred million dollars so they can savage us twenty four hours a day. Is that right prime administer. I said well I think so. You said well prime minister. I'm going to need your help. You're a very are you smart man and you're a great speaker prime minister you're very eloquent. I'M GONNA ask you to come with me to Newfoundland and speak to the good people with new from them to convince a little bit because they have never heard of anything so stupid in their entire lives..