It was with great sorrow that I learned of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty has been a symbol of stability and an inspiration to many through her lifetime of service. The influence that she has had on Canadian culture and society is something that we Ontarians recognize, whether we’ve spent a short period in this province or have lived here for many years.
Queen Elizabeth was, for most of us, the only Commonwealth monarch that we have known during our lifetime. As the longest-serving monarch in Canadian history, The Queen has been a much-loved and much-respected constant in our lives through all the major and minor events, developments and political upheavals of the last 70 years.
I had the distinct honour of meeting Her Majesty and Prince Philip twice during their visit to Ontario in 2002; first at the Royal Winter Fair, and later at a luncheon held in honour of the Queen at Sheridan College. They were both gracious and kind.
Queen Elizabeth II vowed to devote her life to the service of the Commonwealth and its people. So, on behalf of the residents of Scarborough-Guildwood, I thank Queen Elizabeth II for fulfilling this pledge through her lifetime of service.
There is now a period of national mourning leading up to the State Funeral, which will be a day of closure for much of the Commonwealth. We in Ontario will recognise this somber occasion with a Provincial Day of Mourning, and throughout our province flags will remain lowered as a mark of respect.
My deepest condolences to King Charles III, the Royal Family, and to all members of the Commonwealth community.
Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood