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Brian Mulroney lying in state until funeral [Video]

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Canadian Politics and Government

OTTAWA –

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

A guard of honour gingerly delivered Mulroney’s flag-shrouded casket before Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and husband Whit Fraser entered to pay her respects.

Simon was followed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who walked in alone before greeting family members and bowing his head at the casket.

Trudeau then lingered over a book of condolences as Mulroney’s official portrait, framed by an elaborate display of flowers, loomed nearby.

Other VIPs who were on hand early in the day included former prime minister Joe Clark, House Speaker Greg Fergus, former governor general Michaelle Jean and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre.

There was visible warmth on display between the Mulroney clan and Poilievre and his wife Anaida, both of whom shared laughs and warm embraces with …

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