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Sunday, 1 October, 2000, 19:36 GMT 20:36 UK
Outpouring of grief for Trudeau
Trudeau's coffin was carried into parliament for the lying-in-state
Trudeau, prime minister for almost a generation, captivated Canadians
Canadians have been queuing up in their tens of thousands to pay their last respects to Former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who died of cancer on Thursday.

Mr Trudeau's body has been lying in state at the parliament building in Ottawa.

His former wife Margaret and their two sons attended the coffin
His former wife Margaret and their two sons attended the coffin
The current Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, was among those to file past the coffin, along with other politicians, senior judges, members of the armed forces and the diplomatic corps.

A state funeral will be held for Mr Trudeau in his native Montreal on Tuesday, and shown live on all Canadian television channels.

Hours of queuing

Pierre Trudeau, who died at the age of 80, swept to power in 1968 on a wave of popularity, and remained in office for almost a generation.

Viewing Trudeau's coffin in the Ottawa parliament
People came from far and wide to pay their respects
Unlike any previous leader, he captivated Canadians with his forceful personality, the power of his ideas, his charm and style and - not least - his irreverent youthful image.

During that period Mr Trudeau fought off French-speaking separatist forces in Quebec and gave Canada an image and identity on the international stage.

Government officials, taken aback by the outpouring of grief, had to extend the period of lying-in-state to allow everyone a chance to view the coffin.

People from all ranks of life waited in line for several hours: businessmen in suits and teenagers in baggy jeans, old ladies and mothers with young children.

'He unified Canada'

One man who drove nearly 300 miles from Toronto to pay his respects said that Mr Trudeau was the best prime minister Canada ever had.

The lying in state of Pierre Trudeau
Many mourners brought red roses, Trudeau's trademark
"It is a very sad day. He unified the country to make one Canada and make everybody equal," he said.

"He put Canada on the map," said an elderly woman living in Ottawa.

"I respected what Trudeau represented in terms of the country. He represented intelligence, talent and devotion to what he believed," added her husband.

The coffin is to be sent back to Montreal on Monday by special train to lie in state there until the funeral.

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