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State Funeral for Brian Mulroney takes place today

Canada's 18th prime minister will be laid to rest today.

The State Funeral for Brian Mulroney will take place today at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal at 12:30 NT.

There will be eulogies by his daughter Caroline Mulroney, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, former cabinet minister and premier of Quebec Jean Charest, and Canadian businessman Pierre Karl Peladeau.

The service will conclude with a 19-gun salute from the clock tower pier in the Old Port of Montreal.

The State Funeral can be watched here.

There is a private burial for the family afterwards.

He died peacefully, surrounded by family on February 29 at the age of 84.

He served as Canada’s 18th Prime Minister from 1984 to 1993. He led the party to a landslide victory in the 1984 federal election, winning the second-largest percentage of seats in Canadian history and receiving over 50 percent of the popular vote. Mulroney later won a second majority government in 1988.

Mulroney's tenure was marked by the introduction of the Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement, the goods and services tax, and the privatization of 23 of 61 Crown corporations including Air Canada and Petro-Canada. Mulroney sought Quebec's endorsement of the constitutional amendments by first introducing the Meech Lake Accord and then the Charlottetown Accord.


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