Montreal | State Funeral for Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will be honored Saturday at a state funeral in Montreal in the presence of a cross-section of Canadian society, from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to hockey great Wayne Gretzky.

Among those attending the funeral will be people who knew and admired Mr. Mulroney in politics, business and his personal life, said his son Ben Mulroney.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at Notre-Dame Basilica, following a funeral procession which will include a mounted escort and pallbearers from the RCMP, a Canadian Armed Forces honor guard and the Band of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Several street closures are expected in the vicinity of the basilica. Traffic will be prohibited in the quadrilateral between Saint-Antoine West, Saint-Paul West and Saint-Pierre streets as well as Saint-Laurent Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A portion of René-Lévesque Boulevard, between Beaver Hall Hill and Jeanne-Mance Street, as well as part of De Bleury Street, between René-Lévesque Boulevard West and Saint-Antoine Street West, will also be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the passage of the funeral procession.

In addition to MM. Trudeau and Gretzky, Caroline, Mr. Mulroney’s daughter, who is an Ontario minister, and former Quebec Prime Minister Jean Charest are also scheduled to deliver eulogies at the religious ceremony led by the Archbishop of Montreal, Mgr. Christian Lépine .

The funeral follows four days of public tributes in Montreal and Ottawa during which political dignitaries and members of the public visited Mr. Mulroney’s casket and paid respects to his wife and four children.

Mr. Mulroney’s sons say they hope the funeral will not only be a sad occasion, but also an opportunity to celebrate their father’s life with a “party” including music, laughter and funny stories.

Brian Mulroney died on February 29 at the age of 84. He served as prime minister for nine years between 1984 and 1993 and led the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.

Brian Mulroney left behind an important legacy that includes the North American Free Trade Agreement, the fight against apartheid in South Africa, the 1991 acid rain agreement and the introduction of the tax on products and services.

We also often recall his attempt to see Quebec reintegrated “with honor and enthusiasm” into the Canadian Constitution.

Besides MM. Trudeau and Gretzky – the latter a family friend – guests at Saturday’s ceremony will include political dignitaries, representatives of organizations with which Mr. Mulroney was associated as well as numerous family members and friends.

There will be a 19-gun salute in the Old Port of Montreal after the ceremony. The family will hold a private funeral in Montreal.


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