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Pierre Elliott Trudeau:
1919-2000


Bell Tolls for a Leader
By JOYCE SMITH
The Globe and Mail
September 30, 2000

Ottawa - This morning, the remains of former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeauwere brought to Parliament Hill, flown from Montreal, driven through streets of Ottawa, and finally carried up steps he trod so often himself.

As the bell tolled, Justin and Sacha Trudeau and Mr. Trudeau's former wife Margaret arrived, standing in silence as the hearse pulled in front of the building. The casket, draped in the Canadian flag, was slowly and carefully carried by eight white-gloved, red-jacketed RCMP officers, up the steps to Centre Block, through an arch draped in black, through the rotunda, and on to the Hall of Honour, near the Parliamentary library. Walking behind, Mr. Trudeau's family was followed by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and his wife Aline, and assorted parliamentarians and friends.

Ms. Sinclair and her sons followed the casket into the Hall while those gathered waited for them to have some time alone with their loved one.

Governor General Adrienne Clarkson arrived with husband John Ralston Saul, followed up the steps by Heritage Minister Sheila Copps.

Outside, a large crowd had gathered waiting to their turn to pay their respects. The centennial flame in front of Centre Block was surrounded by flowers, most of them Mr. Trudeau's trademark red roses.

The first to enter the Hall of Honour after Mr. Trudeau's sons and former wife were the Prime Minister and the Governor General, joined by their spouses.

Ms. Clarkson and Mr. Saul were first to pay their respects, in front of the draped casket placed in front of a simple wooden cross, followed by Mr. and Mrs. Chrétien. The four then spoke for a while with Justin, Sasha and Margaret before signing the book of condolences.

The group then left before members of the political and diplomatic community arrived ahead of the public.


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