April 25th, 2024

Former prime minister Mulroney lying in state as dignitaries, VIPs pay tribute

By The Canadian Press on March 19, 2024.

Members of the public who wish to pay tribute to Brian Mulroney can visit his casket in Ottawa starting this afternoon. A photograph and book of condolences for Members of Parliament to sign are seen in front of the official portrait of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, in the antechamber to the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Friday, March 1, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

OTTAWA – An RCMP honour guard has gingerly delivered the flag-shrouded casket of Brian Mulroney to a cavernous hall across from Parliament Hill.

Members of Mulroney’s family were promptly left alone to pay their respects as two days of the former prime minister lying in state got underway.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood solemnly alongside family members outside the Sir John A. Macdonald building as the casket was carried inside.

Members of the public who wish to pay tribute to Mulroney will be able to visit his casket in person beginning this afternoon.

In the meantime, dignitaries including Trudeau, the Governor General and cabinet ministers will spend the morning offering condolences to the family.

On Monday, Mulroney’s wife and children sat in the House of Commons gallery to hear glowing tributes and funny stories from politicians across the partisan spectrum.

Well-wishers can visit between 12:30 and 6 p.m. today or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and sign a book of condolences.

Security screening is required for visitors and several downtown streets near Parliament Hill are closed.

The public will also be able to pay their respects at Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Basilica on Thursday and Friday.

A state funeral will be held Saturday morning at Notre-Dame Basilica, with eulogies from Caroline Mulroney, Jean Charest and Wayne Gretzky.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 19, 2024.

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