State Funeral | A final tribute to Brian Mulroney

Politicians, dignitaries and public figures are converging on Saturday from across Canada to pay their last respects to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal.

A state funeral must be held at around 11 a.m., with the Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine. Eulogies should notably be delivered by the deceased’s daughter, Caroline Mulroney, as well as by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the president and CEO of Quebecor, Pierre Karl Péladeau.

Former Quebec Prime Minister Jean Charest, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and former US Secretary of State James Baker will also speak.

Several other distinguished guests are also on site, including Governor General Mary Simon and her predecessors David Jonhston and Michaëlle Jean.

Many former provincial and federal prime ministers such as Stephen Harper, Jean Chrétien, Lucien Bouchard, Pierre Marc Johnson, Philippe Couillard and Pauline Marois, to name a few. The federal party leaders, Pierre Poilievre, Jagmeet Singh and Yves-François Blanchet, will also be on site.

Most of the provincial premiers – François Legault, Doug Ford, Scott Moe and Danielle Smith – are also there, as are several ministers from the government of Quebec and Canada elsewhere.

Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds is also among the list of guests, with media personalities such as Jean-François Lépine, Paul Arcand and Chantal Hébert. We also find former Montreal Canadiens players, Vincent Damphousse and Serge Savard.

Earlier this week, Thursday and Friday, many Montrealers had already come to pay tribute to Brian Mulroney at the Basilica of Saint-Patrick, where the coffin of the “little guy from Baie-Comeau” was on display in the chapel. fiery.

“When he spoke to you, Brian Mulroney, it was not superficial, it was deep. He was an exceptional man who never took himself for someone else,” said Richard Daudelin, a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who worked closely with Mr. Mulroney during his career, since he was part of the Section for the Protection of Distinguished Persons.

The choice of Saint Patrick’s Basilica was not made at random, since Brian Mulroney’s parents were of Irish origin.

According to a Canadian Heritage release, the Mulroney family still has many personal ties to St. Patrick’s Basilica, which “served Montreal’s Irish community at a time when it was growing rapidly, with many people leaving Ireland following the great famine.


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