I was honoured to rise in the House of Commons to pay tribute to Her Late Majesty, and extend my condolences to The Royal Family.
For so many Canadians, myself included, Her Late Majesty was the only Queen we’ve ever known. But she was more than a widely loved and respected Sovereign:
- She represented stability in a world that grows increasingly chaotic;
- She espoused a profound sense of humility in an era of self-aggrandizement; and
- She was a stalwart defender of democracy and rule of law in an age of rising autocracy.
I am especially grateful that I had the opportunity to meet her during her reign in 2017 when, at Her Late Majesty’s command, I marked Canada’s Sesquicentennialby joining young leaders from across the Commonwealth in the UK at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where we were appointed medallists of Her Late Majesty and I had the distinct honour of being named Her Majesty’s Young Leader for Canada.
With the ascension to the throne of His Majesty, King Charles the Third, I, like all the members of the House, will continue our service and, for myself, both in and out of uniform to our Sovereign.
Long live The King!
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