“Her Majesty’s reign spanned so many decades – a period when we (in Canada) came into our own as a confident, diverse, and forward-looking country. It is her wisdom, compassion, and warmth that we will always remember and cherish.” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
A Commentary by Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper
Posted September 8th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
“BREAKING NEWS – Queen Elizabeth II Dies at Age 96”.
Can that really be true?
That was the headline across the bottom of Cable News channels in Canada and the United States and, yes, many of us knew she was old and oh so brittle in the health department, but how could so many generations of us imagined a day when she would no longer be around.
In my lifetime, and the lifetime of most generations of Canadians alive today, there was never a day when her image was not on the walls of so many of our school classrooms and our government buildings.
Whether we were monarchists or not – and I am about as far away from being a monarchist as you can get – there is no doubt about this.
She was a rock of dignity through all of the good, bad and ugly over the past 70 years of her reign, and that is no small thing in this crazy and scary world we live in today.
She was a living, breathing icon for what civil, honest and steady service to people should be.
It will be hard for so many of us who looked to her as a model for public service when there have been so many creeps like Trump and others to come to terms with the fact that her beacon of light no longer shines.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
A Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, September 8th, 2022
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today (this September 8th) issued the following statement on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“For most Canadians, we have known no other Sovereign. Queen Elizabeth II was a constant presence in our lives. Time and again, Her Majesty marked Canada’s modern history. Over the course of 70 years and twenty-three Royal Tours, Queen Elizabeth II saw this country from coast to coast to coast and was there for our major, historical milestones.
“She would proclaim ‘it was good to be home’ when returning to her beloved Canada. She was indeed at home here, and Canadians never ceased to return her affection.
“Her Majesty vowed to devote her life to the service of the Commonwealth and its people. On behalf of all Canadians, I thank Queen Elizabeth II for honouring this vow and for a lifetime of service.
“Her Majesty’s reign spanned so many decades – a period when we came into our own as a confident, diverse, and forward-looking country. It is her wisdom, compassion, and warmth that we will always remember and cherish.
“Today, a page has not only been turned, but a chapter in our shared history has drawn to a close. I know Her Majesty’s service to Canada and Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history. The coming days will be a period of mourning for Canadians, as it will be for all Commonwealth citizens, ending with a national day of mourning when a commemorative service will be held to mark the passing of our Sovereign.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I express our heartfelt condolences to members of the Royal Family during this most difficult time.”
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