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As former PM Mulroney lies in state, public tributes in Ottawa begin [Video]

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OTTAWA – A solemn parade of dignitaries and well-wishers offered condolences Tuesday to the family of Brian Mulroney as the former prime minister began lying in state near Parliament Hill.

An RCMP guard of honour gingerly delivered Mulroney’s flag-shrouded casket to the ballroom at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building, where it will remain through Wednesday.

Mulroney’s family – his wife Mila and their children Caroline, Ben, Nick and Mark, along with Mark’s wife Vanessa and Caroline’s husband Andrew Lapham – formed a receiving line and greeted people for hours.

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and her husband Whit Fraser were the first to pay their respects, followed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Dignitaries signed books of condolences as Mulroney’s official portrait, framed by an elaborate display of flowers, loomed nearby. By mid-morning, additional books were rolled out into the lobby and pens were running out of ink.

Mulroney, who was …

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