Brian Mulroney to lie in state in Ottawa starting today

19 March 2024
Brian Mulroney to lie in state in Ottawa starting today

Dignitaries, public invited to pay tribute to Canada’s 18th prime minister.

Brian Mulroney will begin lying in state in Ottawa on Tuesday as a week of tributes to Canada’s 18th prime minister continues.

The funeral procession for Mulroney, who died last month at age 84, will arrive at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building at 9:30 a.m. ET, beginning a day-and-a-half period for dignitaries and the public to pay their respects. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, House of Commons Speaker Greg Fergus and Senate Speaker Raymonde Gagne will greet the procession.

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and other dignitaries will begin arriving at 10 a.m. to offer condolences to the family of the former Progressive Conservative leader, who served as prime minister from 1984 until 1993.

Members of the public can visit from 12:30 until 6 p.m. Tuesday, and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday. A book of condolences will be available to sign.

On Monday, party leaders and MPs paid tribute to Mulroney’s legacy with speeches in the House of Commons. Mulroney died on Feb. 29, but the Commons returned from a two-week break on Monday.

After lying in state in Ottawa, Mulroney will be moved to Montreal, where he will live in repose at Saint Patrick’s Basilica on Thursday and Friday. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

CBC News special coverage of Mulroney’s lying-in-state starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton is hosting the special with CBC News Network’s Power & Politics host David Cochrane.

You can watch the broadcast live on this page, CBC-TV, CBC News Network, CBC Gem, the CBC News App and CBC News Explore.

Source: cbc

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