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Former prime ministers Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper will be among the members of a delegation travelling to the United Kingdom for next week’s funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced the details Thursday as the House of Commons resumed sitting ahead of schedule so members could pay tribute to the Queen, who died last week.

According to a statement from the PMO, former prime ministers Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark will attend a national commemorative ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral, the Anglican cathedral in Ottawa, and all MPs have also been invited to attend that ceremony.

Others travelling to the United Kingdom for Monday’s funeral include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau as well as Governor-General Mary Simon and her spouse, Whit Fraser. Others in the delegation include Assembly of First Nations Chief RoseAnne Archibald, and three members of the Order of Canada: former competitive swimmer Mark Tewksbury, Quebec entertainer Gregory Charles and actress Sandra Oh.

Full details on the delegation are here.

Also Thursday, party leaders and MPs paid tribute to the Queen in a sitting held ahead of the scheduled return of the House on Sept. 20. It was the first time Pierre Poilievre has appeared in a Commons sitting as the new Leader of the federal Conservatives. However, it was not a day for politics, but rather for remembrance.

Among the tributes:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “I was extraordinarily fortunate to have known Her Majesty throughout my life. The first time I met her was in 1977 when I was just a little boy. When I would meet with her, as Prime Minister, almost four decades later in 2015, I joked that the last times we had met she had been taller than I. She responded with a quip about my making her feel old. Her sense of humour was one of her many great qualities and one of the many reasons why she was one of my favourite people in the world.’

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre: “On her visit to Canada in 1951, then Princess Elizabeth planted an oak sapling in Vancouver. Seventy-one years later, that sapling has grown into a mighty and stately oak whose canopy provides relief from the sun or, it being in Vancouver, perhaps more likely shelter from the rain. The oak tree has long been a royal symbol. It is a symbol of the British Constitution whose forms we inherited and whose conventions we follow in this House.”

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet: “It will also be understood that following the expressions of sympathy from the leaders here in the House and following the agreed minute of silence, the members of the Bloc Québécois will withdraw from this chamber, leaving the elected representatives of Canada to their demonstration. Subsequently, I will soon invite us all to a necessary reflection. In the meantime, our thoughts are with people grieving over the departure of a dominant figure of the last three-quarters of a century.”

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh: “In the days since her death, I have heard many Canadians talk about meeting her. She came to Canada often, as has been remarked, showing her affection for this country. Many who met the Queen, sometimes for the briefest of moments, feel she took the time to listen to them, was interested in their lives and sincere in her appreciation for the chance to meet them. This was her gift: to make one feel seen in a crowd of thousands and to invest her whole attention in every encounter, even when it was one of many.”

Mike Morrice, Green Party MP: “Reflections on the life of the late sovereign tend to centre on the word duty. It was the decision of her late uncle to reject the call of duty and follow the call of love that led her father, King George VI, to the throne. It was his untimely death in 1952 that threw a young woman, a newlywed at that, into a life of service and duty. The personal cost to her and her family can never be fully known, no matter how many Hollywood treatments her life inspires.”

Meanwhile, Canadians are being invited to line the streets of Ottawa on Monday to pay their respects as a memorial parade makes its way along a 2.2-kilometre route ending at Christ Church Cathedral, where a national commemorative ceremony for the late monarch will take place. Story here.

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