If Shakespeare thought misery acquaints people with strange bedfellows, he may well agree that mourning a cherished monarch may also bridge some political divides.
At least temporarily.
He was awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada in 2019, but an investiture ceremony had not taken place because of COVID-19.
“Thank you to @CanadianPM Trudeau, former fellow Prime Ministers Martin, Chrétien, Campbell & former Governors General Johnston & Jean for attending the ceremony.”
Having multiple former prime ministers and governors general attend a world funeral together is not an unheard of practice.
“Interesting,” she queried. “Very interesting if past trips are a reference. Lots of laughter, stories and I am sure this time, reminiscing about the Queen. These sort of trips are always wonderful to be part of.”
Chretien spoke briefly to media Sunday and was asked about being around all the other Canadian leaders.
“So many together and no fight,” he said laughing. “So that’s good.”
He said there aren’t very many occasions for this kind of gathering.
“We know each other, went through the same struggles,” he said. “We fought against each other. Just like when we play hockey, we can be tough on the ice, then we go and have a beer after the game.”
Order of Canada ceremonies are not normally held in secret, but Rideau Hall and the Prime Minister’s Office chose not to tell media travelling with the delegation about either Harper’s event Sunday or a similar one Saturday that saw actress Sandra Oh and Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury invested into the Order. No explanation for the secrecy has yet been offered.
Tewksbury later said doing the ceremony allowed him and Oh to wear the Order of Canada insignia to the queen’s funeral, which is set to take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday.