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Tribute to Brian Mulroney in the Commons

Photo: Sean Kilpatrick The Canadian Press Members of Brian Mulroney's family, including his three sons, attended the tribute paid to him Monday in the House of Commons.

After observing a minute of silence, federal leaders and MPs paid tribute to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in Ottawa on Monday.

“Brian Mulroney’s principles shaped this nation and the world for the better. We will continue this work,” said a visibly moved Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his speech.

The leader of the opposition, Pierre Poilievre, also spoke of his memories of the former Progressive Conservative prime minister. “When he arrived in the House with his big smile and his confident tone, I think it was enough to make anyone take a walk in the snow,” he said, with a smile on his face.< /p>

Mr. Mulroney's three sons, present in Ottawa to attend the tribute, said they were deeply touched by the words of the parliamentarians.

“He loved every minute in the House, the parliamentary process, the debates…” said his son Mark Mulroney in a brief exchange with the media Monday afternoon.

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“Sitting in the gallery and hearing everyone speak so positively about him, he would have loved that. We couldn't be more grateful,” he added alongside his two brothers, Ben and Nicolas.

Mr. Mulroney's remains will lie in state in state, accessible to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday in Ottawa.

Mr. Mulroney led the country as Progressive Conservative prime minister from 1984 to 1993. He died in Florida on February 29 at the age of 84. His state funeral will take place in Montreal on Saturday.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116