April 18th, 2024

The latest on the state funeral for former prime minister Brian Mulroney

By The Canadian Press on March 23, 2024.

OTTAWA – 9:30 a.m.

A few hundred people are already milling about in the sanctuary of Notre-Dame Basilica in advance of the funeral’s 11 a.m. start.

They include former cabinet ministers Peter MacKay and Peter Van Loan, Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

The singers are warming up inside.

Some people are already sitting but many are mingling in the aisles as a steady buzz of crowd noise echoes off the high ceilings.

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9 a.m.

The streets outside Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica are very snowy and quiet for a Saturday morning as people begin to arrive for the state funeral of former prime minister Brian Mulroney.

The guest list includes Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds, the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, and a long list of current and former politicians.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 23, 2024.

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