Canada Prepares to Bid Farewell: State Funeral Arrangements for Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney Announced

Former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney (image source: X / Brian Mulroney Institute of Government)

The Government of Canada will be holding a state funeral in memory of Canada’s 18th Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, who passed away on February 29, 2024. Here are the details of the funeral arrangements:

Lying-in-State in Ottawa:

  • Location: Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington Street, Ottawa.
  • Dates: Tuesday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 20, 2024.
  • Visiting Hours:
    • March 19: Dignitaries will pay respects in the morning, followed by public visitation from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • March 20: Public visitation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Details: Books of condolences will be available onsite, and security screening is required for entry.

Lying-in-Repose in Montréal:

  • Location: Saint Patrick’s Basilica, 460 René-Lévesque Blvd West, Montréal.
  • Dates: Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22, 2024.
  • Visiting Hours:
    • March 21: Dignitaries and family guests in the morning, public visitation from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • March 22: Public visitation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Details: Books of condolences available onsite, with security screening required for entry.

Funeral Ceremony in Montréal:

  • Location: Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal, 110 Notre-Dame Street West, Montréal.
  • Date: Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 11 a.m.
  • Details:
    • Funeral cortege will precede the ceremony, featuring various ceremonial elements.
    • Religious components led by Archbishop Christian Lépine and Reverend Miguel Castellanos.
    • Eulogies by Caroline Mulroney, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pierre Karl Péladeau, Wayne Gretzky, James Baker, and Jean Charest.
    • Musical interludes by Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), OSM Chorus, and Canadian artists.
    • 19-gun salute at the conclusion from Clock Tower Pier in the Old Port of Montréal.
  • Guests: Family, friends, government representatives, dignitaries, and representatives of organizations associated with Mr. Mulroney.

Online Tribute:

These arrangements provide opportunities for both dignitaries and the public to pay their respects to the late Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

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