Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to be remembered at state funeral today

A state funeral will be held today for former Canadian Prime Minister and Progressive Conservative titan Brian Mulroney.

The ceremony celebrating his life and legacy, which will take place at Montreal’s iconic and ornate Notre-Dame Basilica, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EDT.

A week of commemorations follows both in that city and in the country’s capital.

Federal party leaders and MPs paid tribute to Mulroney’s political legacy on Monday in the House of Commons, presenting their memories to his wife Mila and four children Caroline, Ben, Mark and Nicholas, who were seated in the gallery. observational.

Then, throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, approximately 2,000 members of the public and many other dignitaries attended Mulroney’s funeral, where his coffin was placed on a pedestal and draped in the Canadian flag, while his family, pillars of strength amid their own pain, remained standing. for hours accepting condolences.

He Ottawa part of the commemorations. concluded with Mulroney’s funeral procession making a final somber but symbolic journey through Center Block and Centennial Flame.

The cortege then traveled to Montreal to spend two more days in repose at St. Patrick’s Basilica, a place of great personal importance to the Mulroney family.

Saturday’s events are scheduled to begin with the funeral procession route, which includes a Royal Canadian Mounted Police mounted escort, a Canadian Armed Forces color guard, an honor guard, the Royal Air Force band Canadian, RCMP pallbearers and honorary pallbearers, from Saint- From St. Patrick’s Basilica to Notre-Dame Basilica.

The service, which will begin at 11 a.m. EDT, will feature eulogies from his daughter and Ontario Cabinet Minister Caroline Mulroney, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, former Cabinet Minister of the Mulroney era and Premier of Quebec, Jean Charest, and prominent Canadian businessman Pierre Karl Peladeau.

Guests at the ceremony included family, friends, current and former government representatives and dignitaries, as well as representatives of organizations with which Mulroney had a close connection.

The funeral, which is expected to last two hours, will incorporate religious elements and artistic components, including a performance by Mulroney’s granddaughter, and will conclude with a 19-gun salute fired from the clock tower pier in Montreal’s Old Port. .

According to a federal government official, the family has planned a private burial for the former prime minister after the funeral.

Mulroney died surrounded by his family in February, aged 84.

Throughout her impressive (if sometimes divisive) political career, Mulroney left an unmistakable mark on the country as she advanced a series of what she later described as “big ticket items.”

Born in 1939 to a working-class family in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, he worked behind the scenes in conservative politics for years before seizing the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1983. Mulroney ran a commanding federal campaign in 1984, winning a majority. with the largest number of seats in Canadian history.

As Canada’s 18th prime minister, Mulroney embarked on a sometimes stormy tenure that in nine years strengthened and tested the country. He took Canada on a forced march through two major efforts to bring Quebec into the constitutional fold, securing the Acid Rain Agreement and introducing the much-maligned Goods and Services Tax (GST).

On the international stage, Mulroney gave Canada a new sense of respect and presence. He rallied countries against apartheid and built stronger trade ties with the United States.

But as a weary country fell into recession, Mulroney’s poll numbers plummeted to a record low, and in 1993 he declared in a Center Block meeting room that the time had come to “step aside.” “, after doing “the best I could.” “for his country, handing the reins to Kim Campbell a few months later.

After going through some post-political reputational troubles, Mulroney established himself as a trusted advisor to his political successors, both Conservative and Liberal, leading prominent Canadians and elected officials of all stripes to remember him as a formidable leader, who never wavered in choose pick up the phone.

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