Mulroney travelled far and wide to solicit donations for the institute, MacDonald said.
“There are very few people in this country that can pick up the phone with a Rolodex like Brian Mulroney.”
Some of Canada’s biggest companies appear on the institute’s donor list, including BMO, CIBC, Scotiabank, TD Financial and Magna.
Individual donors include businessmen Ron Joyce, Charles Bronfman, Galen Weston, Gerald Schwartz and Paul Desmarais, former RBC executive Anthony Fell and Prem Watsa, head of investment firm Fairfax Financial Holdings.
The list also includes some controversial North American billionaires, including oil baron David Koch, famous for influencing American public policy by financing the right-wing Tea Party and advocating lower personal and corporate tax rates; Barrick Gold Corp. founder Peter Munk, whose mining companies have been accused of alleged environmental and human rights violations; and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
Paradise Papers reports published earlier this month revealed Ross’s