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No president was ‘more courageous, more principled and more honourable’ than George H.W. Bush, Mulroney says in eulogy

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WASHINGTON—Future historians will say that no American president was “more courageous, more principled and more honourable than George Herbert Walker Bush,” former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney said in an eulogy at Wednesday’s state funeral.

“Let me tell you that, when George Bush was president of the United States of America, every single head of government in the world knew that they were dealing with a gentleman. A genuine leader. One who was distinguished, resolute and brave,” Mulroney, a longtime friend of Bush, said at the National Cathedral in Washington.

Mulroney hailed Bush for his World War II military service; his handling of the implosion of the Soviet Union; his leadership in the Gulf War; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the North American Free Trade Agreement they negotiated together, which “created the largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world.”

Mulroney also praised Bush’s “strong” environmental legislation, including his 1990 strengthening of the Clean Air Act and a 1991 acid rain treaty with Canada that Mulroney described as a “splendid gift to future generations” in both countries.

“There’s a word for this: It’s called leadership. Leadership,” Mulroney said.

Bush’s son, 43rd president George W. Bush, delivered the last eulogy, choking up at the end as he contemplated his father in the afterlife. Other eulogies were given by biographer Jon Meacham and former Republican senator Alan Simpson.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordered flags lowered to half-mast on Wednesday at federal buildings in Canada and the U.S., including the embassy in Washington. His government was represented at the funeral by Ambassador David MacNaughton and MP Scott Brison.

“He was a man of great civility, a great patriot and a true friend of Canada,” Brison said on Twitter.

Members of the Canadian military stood and saluted as Bush’s hearse passed the embassy on Pennsylvania Ave.

“We remember your service. We remember your dedication. We remember your leadership. The @CanadianForces salutes you, Sir,” the military said on Twitter.

Bush’s body was flown to Texas after the service on the plane best known as Air Force One. He will be buried Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library alongside his wife Barbara, who died earlier in the year.

The funeral drew together political adversaries. President Donald Trump, who has mocked Bush’s aspirational “thousand points of light” voluntarism motto and his politician sons George and Jeb, was seated beside Democrats Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.

The memorialization of Bush has been shaped in part by views of Trump. Even Bush’s ideological opponents have applauded his personal and policy differences with the current president. Some others on the left have lamented what they see as an undue canonization.

Meacham remembered Bush as “America’s last great soldier statesman, a 20th century founding father,” who stood firm against both totalitarianism and “unthinking partisanship.” He said Bush was “a lion who not only led us, but who loved us.”

“An imperfect man, he left us a more perfect union,” Meacham said.

Mulroney told a story about visiting Bush at his family’s ocean-side compound in Maine in 2001. Bush and Barbara, he said, seemed serene, “truly at peace with themselves: joyous in what they and the children had achieved” and “genuinely content with the thrill and promise of each passing day.” He said Bush had tears in his eyes as he spoke, then responded, “You know, Brian, you’ve got us pegged just right.”

Mulroney, who also spoke at the funeral for Bush’s Republican predecessor Ronald Reagan, in 2004, concluded with a proverb: “There are wooden ships; there are sailing ships; there are ships that sail the sea. But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be.”

George W. Bush said his father’s “decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever.” He said his father was “no cynic,” a man who looked for the good in each person and “usually found it.” And he said the 41st president lived an aggressively full life, zipping through even rounds of golf.

“He played fast so he could move on to the next event, to enjoy the rest of the day, to expend his enormous energy, to live it all,” George W. Bush said. “He was born with just two settings: full throttle, then sleep.”

Daniel Dale is the Star’s Washington bureau chief. He covers U.S. politics and current affairs. Follow him on Twitter: @ddale8



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

WATCH: Dog found dead in Angrignon Park

The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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