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As Mila Mulroney and Brian Mulroney’s children looked on in the House of Commons today, party leaders paid tribute to the former prime minister, who is to have a state funeral this week.

Following a moment of silence, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led off, saluting Canada’s Progressive Conservative prime minister between 1988 and 1993, for his passion and humility. Mulroney died on Feb. 29. He was 84.

“He loved this country with his whole heart and he knew we were capable of great things,” Trudeau told the Commons.

“He would shake anyone’s hand with the same level of enthusiasm, whether it was a housewife, a worker or a monarch.”

Trudeau referred to Mulroney as, “one of the lions of Canadian politics,” and open with his political advice.

“It is not just his booming baritone that will forever echo in this chamber, but his values and his leadership,” said Trudeau.

Pierre Poilievre, who now leads the Conservative party that replaced Mr. Mulroney’s Progressive Conservatives, said Mulroney served as an inspiration to young Canadians, rising from working-class roots in a small town in Quebec to become prime minister.

“He gave people hope,” said Poilievre.

The former prime minister’s family are in Ottawa from today through Wednesday for events linked to Mulroney’s funeral in Montreal. Today, those events include private meetings with Trudeau and Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre.

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“He was brilliant at talking through a microphone, but even better at talking through a telephone. In fact, for Brian Mulroney, phone calls were like an art form, using the telephone the way Michelangelo might have used a chisel or a brush. He would do it to make business deals, charm foreign leaders and, more importantly, to comfort grieving or suffering friends. I have lost count of the number of people who have told me about the worst day in their lives. They might have lost a loved one or a friend or suffered a terrible, public humiliation and then suddenly the phone would ring, and it would be that melliferous, baritone on the other end of the line. `It’s Brian Mulroney.’ " - Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, in the House of Commons, paying tribute to Brian Mulroney.


Powers on the air: Tim Powers, well known for his commentary on federal politics, is launching a new broadcast venture today, hosting The Tim Powers Show on the VOCM-Big Land Radio Network out of his native Newfoundland and Labrador. Powers, a long-time Conservative who is the chairperson of Summa Strategies and managing director of polling firm Abacus Data, said in a statement that the one-hour show will have some politics but also cover other current affairs, what is going on in the community and province, and why it matters. “And I hope to inject some humor into it that will probably come through all the mistakes I make,” Powers said.

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Today in the Commons: Projected Order of Business at the House of Commons, March 18, accessible here.

Deputy Prime Minister’s day: Chrystia Freeland held private meetings in Ottawa, attended Question Period and is slated to appear before the special committee on Canada-China Relations this evening.

Ministers on the road: Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, with National Revenue Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge, in the Quebec township/municipality of Orford, attended an armchair discussion with??? representatives of chambers of commerce from the Eastern Townships of the province. In Regina, federal Health Minister Mark Holland, with Saskatchewan Health Minister Everett Hindley and the province’s Mental Health Minister Tim McLeod made a health-care announcement.

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Justin Trudeau, in Ottawa, delivered remarks in the House of Commons as part of a tribute to former prime minister Brian Mulroney, and was scheduled to meet privately with Mulroney’s family


Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet is in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, concluding a two-day tour of the Quebec region.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre attended Question Period, and was scheduled to meet privately with the family of Brian Mulroney.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May participated, in person, in the sitting of the House of Commons.

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