A major donation from Brian Mulroney to Laval University

A major gift from Brian Mulroney to Université Laval

UPGRADE DAY

Le Journal has learned that Brian Mulroney will make a substantial donation on Thursday to the Fondation de l'Université Laval, his alma mater.

Reached Wednesday evening, the former Prime Minister of Canada did not want to specify the amount that will be paid. “It will be announced tomorrow. To help young Quebecers,” he said very humbly.

Last June, the Carrefour international de l'Université Laval announced that a tribute would be paid to the Right Honorable Brian Mulroney.  

At the same time, the Quebec government confirmed an investment of $27.75 million for a project that includes the construction of a new signature pavilion on campus. The work is scheduled for 2025.

Carrefour Brian Mulroney

The Carrefour international Brian Mulroney will be an innovation hub aimed at bringing together the driving forces in international organizations and to increase the place of Quebec and the Canadian Francophonie abroad.  

Mr. Mulroney, who celebrated his 83rd birthday last March, graduated from the Faculty of Law at Laval University in 1964.

The Prime Minister of Canada from 1984 to 1993 was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the university in 2007.

Controversy

In 2018, Brian Mulroney and his late friend Bernard Roy pledged to raise nearly $500,000 to provide scholarships to students at the Faculty of Law at Université Laval.

However, the project bearing his name had been rejected by professors, which had sown controversy.

Moreover, the rector Sophie D'Amours had to apologize to Mr. Mulroney, claiming that he was one of the most illustrious graduates of the Faculty of Law of Université Laval.

“Brian Mulroney is a source of collective pride for our entire university community”, could we read in a letter sent to the media.

At the time, she said that Université Laval was determined to celebrate the career of the statesman, a desire that materialized four years later.