The passing of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has given us all reason to pause and reflect upon her
extraordinary life of public service.
For many in Canada, The Queen was dignified grace personified. But as our Head of State for more than
70 years, she was also the living embodiment of our country at its very best.
That she visited Canada 23 times during her reign, more than any other country outside the United
Kingdom, speaks volumes about the respect, admiration, and affection she held for us. In 2010, during
what turned out to be her last visit to Canada, she told a Halifax crowd: “It’s good to be home.” Clearly
we made her feel at home.
Although she was an important, trusted and influential world leader, she was above the political fray.
Her wise, non-partisan counsel was sought by successive Prime Ministers. She was a symbol of stability
in an era of turbulent change. She gave comfort and reassurance during times of crisis. She was also a
unifying force, and by virtue of her example, she brought people with widely diverging views together.
Her promise to serve the people of the Commonwealth for life, which she made in 1947, was kept.
There was nothing that compelled her to make the commitment. But having made it, her inner sense of
honour and integrity ensured she was destined to keep it. Duty became her guide, and selfless service to
others became her hallmark. For life.
On September 14, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario held a special session to remember Her late
Majesty, offer condolences to the Royal Family, and encouragement to His Majesty King Charles III. The
tributes from both sides of the House were eloquent and moving, as MPPs came together in their
bereavement, their respect, and their gratitude.
Let us all be inspired by the memory of Her late Majesty’s devotion and dedication, and in doing so
renew our own commitment to others less fortunate in our communities, our province and our country.
The Queen may have passed, but she lives on forever in her people’s hearts.