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Brian Mulroney lying in state in Ottawa ahead of funeral [Video]

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Politicians and members of the public are paying their respects to former prime minister Brian Mulroney as he lies in state for two days in Ottawa.

Mulroney’s flag-draped casket was brought to the Sir John A. Macdonald building across from Parliament Hill Tuesday, ahead of his state funeral this weekend.

Mulroney died last month in Florida at 84 years old.

His wife Mila, and children Caroline, Ben, Mark and Nicholas greeted mourners, beginning with dignitaries. While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General Mary Simon offered their condolences to the family.

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A day earlier, the Mulroneys listened from the gallery in the House of Commons, as parliamentarians of all political stripes honoured their husband and father.

MPs remembered the former Progressive Conservative leader as “one of the lions of Canadian politics.” He led the country from 1984 to 1993. During that time, Mulroney championed the fight against apartheid, combatted the environmental threat of acid raid, signed the North …

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