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A Country United to Say Good Bye
Lines of people waiting on Parliament Hill to pay their respects to the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau, October 1, 2000. Copyright/Source
Following his death on September 28, 2000, Canadians paid tribute to Pierre Elliott Trudeau in private and public. In Ottawa, Canadians lined up, sometimes for hours, to pay their last respects to Trudeau, who lay in state on Parliament Hill. They lined the railway tracks along the route that took Trudeau's body to Montreal. Once there, people again waited patiently to pay their respects at City Hall. Across the country, flags flew at half-mast and Canadians watched the funeral on television, sharing the moment when Trudeau's eldest son, Justin, delivered a moving eulogy to his father.