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N.B. Premier, Lt.-Gov. Express Condolences

By Allan Dearing Sep 8, 2022 | 6:44 PM

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New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs released a statement following the death of the Queen.

Earlier today, I was saddened to learn of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

On behalf of New Brunswickers, I extend to His Majesty and all members of the Royal Family our most sincere condolences.

During her many years as our country’s head of state, Canadians welcomed her into their hearts. During her reign she forged a close and lasting relationship with our country and our province. She visited Canada and New Brunswick several times during which the high regard in which New Brunswickers held her was obvious. She was a symbol of strength and resolve, a guiding light in turbulent times, and a figure of stability.

Throughout her reign, the Queen was the embodiment of selfless duty and service, and over 70 years she undertook her journey with a steadfast commitment to the Commonwealth and its people. Her unwavering dedication to her life’s work was evident.

Her reign was marked by incredible change, periods of prosperity and adversity, of peace and war – and throughout, she exuded grace while remaining a symbol of unity.

Beginning tomorrow, and for the next nine days, books of condolence will be available for members of the public to sign at Government House and at the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Information about the provincial memorial service and Accession Proclamation Ceremony will be forthcoming.

God save the King.

New Brunswick’s Lieutenant-Governor Brenda Murphy also released a statement.

Linda and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of all New Brunswickers, we offer our heartfelt condolences to His Majesty the King and the entire Royal Family. Messages of sympathy are pouring in from all around the world, demonstrating the profound respect, admiration and appreciation for the Queen’s lifetime of public service.

Those who had the opportunity to meet her often mention her magnetic personality and unique ability to make everyone feel at ease in her presence. In her five visits to our province, the Queen made a lasting impression on many New Brunswickers.

Throughout her eventful reign, the longest of any British monarch, the Queen’s calming influence has served as a guiding light, not only for New Brunswickers and Canadians but for all citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations. Beyond her public duties, she was the matriarch of a large family, a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

We are truly grateful for her lifetime of leadership and exemplary public service. From her military service during the Second World War to her final public appearances, the Queen led by example. Her resilience, her steadfast dedication, and her unwavering sense of duty will continue to be a source of inspiration for all of us.

With files from Tamara Steele.


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