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Canada FIRST READING: World confused by Canada mourning the Queen with carousing, Sandra Oh

14:51  25 september  2022
14:51  25 september  2022 Source:   nationalpost.com

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Sandra Oh attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills during the 92nd Academy Awards, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok © Provided by National Post Sandra Oh attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills during the 92nd Academy Awards, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  Here are five ex-prime ministers who have spent large portions of their adult careers in pitched efforts to destroy the legacy and ambitions of at least one of the other four. And yet, they can still manage to get together to smile for pictures and attend their Queen’s funeral. From left to right: Paul Martin, Kim Campbell, Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, Jean Chretien. © Handout Here are five ex-prime ministers who have spent large portions of their adult careers in pitched efforts to destroy the legacy and ambitions of at least one of the other four. And yet, they can still manage to get together to smile for pictures and attend their Queen’s funeral. From left to right: Paul Martin, Kim Campbell, Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, Jean Chretien.

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Within hours of the Queen’s death on Sept. 8, officials in Ottawa promised that Canada – as Queen Elizabeth II’s largest overseas realm – would be playing a key role in her funeral and interment.

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Instead, the world may come to remember Canada’s participation in the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II primarily for two things: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau belting out Bohemian Rhapsody in a London hotel lobby only days before the funeral, and Ottawa’s weird decision to send actress Sandra Oh in its official delegation.

On Saturday, Trudeau was recorded in the lobby of a high-end London hotel belting out a rendition of the 1975 Queen hit Bohemian Rhapsody.

“After dinner on Saturday, the Prime Minister joined a small gathering with members of the Canadian delegation, who have come together to pay tribute to the life and service of Her Majesty,” was how the prime minister’s office explained the video to the media.

Many in the British press nevertheless slammed the prime minister for such an overt display of mirth at a time of national mourning. “Canadian prime minister criticised for being ‘disrespectful’ and failing to show ‘decorum’ as footage emerges of his Saturday night fun,” read one write-up in The Telegraph.

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But it would be difficult to say that the incident is off-brand for Trudeau: Foreign trips haven’t always yielded the best optics for his leadership.

One of the first times that Trudeau attracted widespread foreign criticism was during a 2018 visit to India in which he was seen performing Bhangra dances and appearing in increasingly elaborate Indian regalia.

Last October, he was photographed without a face mask at a bar in the Netherlands with the country’s prime minister. While the move wasn’t in violation of Dutch law, it was against Canadian COVID restrictions – including some mandated by Trudeau’s own government.

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The good news, however, is that there’s no actual evidence that Trudeau was drunk, although that didn’t stop the U.K. Daily Mail from claiming as much in a headline. Their source was an unidentified Twitter user who accused the prime minister of “singing drunkenly.”

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Meanwhile, the celebrity press across the Anglosphere spent much of Monday wondering why Oh was among the 2,000 attendees to mourn the Queen in Westminster Abbey on Monday morning.

“Sandra Oh: Why was she at the Queen’s funeral?” read one of the top-read stories on the BBC website on Monday. Virtually every other British newspaper also ran a similar explainer for baffled readers, such as this headline from the Liverpool Echo, Why Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh is at the Queen’s Funeral.

Oh was among pews packed with the usual suspects at a funeral for a British sovereign: Foreign royals, religious leaders, the U.S. president, the French president and senior representatives from virtually all of the world’s sovereign states.

In addition to former prime ministers and governors general, the Canadian delegation also notably included three Indigenous representatives, one First Nations, one Metis and another Inuk. Their inclusion isn’t just for diversity’s sake: They all represent first peoples with a particularly direct relationship to the Crown that often predates Canadian Confederation itself.

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Oh is mostly known to Brits for starring in the recent BBC series Killing Eve, although her first-ever film happened to also be British; the 1997 Rowan Atkinson vehicle Bean. In her home country, she’s known mostly for a nine-year stint on the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.

She was among four atypical additions to the Canadian delegation along with Olympian Mark Tewskbury, Quebec musician Gregory Charles and decorated Coast Guard member Leslie Palmer.

While Oh often talks up her Canadian background in interviews, she’s not a particularly vocal monarchist.

If that was the criteria, Canada probably would have sent former Supreme Court chief justice Beverly McLaughlin, a self-described Queen Elizabeth II super-fan who has credited the monarch with inspiring her personal ascension to the peak of the Canadian judiciary.

Or Wayne Gretzky, who is not only one of the world’s most visible Canadians, but whose pro-monarchy sentiments often feature on literature distributed by the Monarchist League of Canada.

Foreign outlets usually explained Oh’s involvement as a consequence of the fact that she had recently been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. According to People, among others, this made Oh the recipient of “the second-highest civilian honor in Canada.”

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What they didn’t mention was that Oh is in extremely plentiful company for that particular decoration. Sprinter Donovan Bailey, musician Bryan Adams, author Gywnne Dyer and more than 1,000 others have an Officer of the Order of Canada medal somewhere in their sock drawer.

But Oh was certainly happy to be there. In a Monday Instagram post, she uploaded an image of her mourning wear and wrote “proud to represent (Canada) … at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II funeral at Westminster Abbey today.”

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Russia has registered an official diplomatic protest with Canada after a Molotov cocktail was allegedly thrown at the grounds of their Ottawa embassy. There was no damage and no injuries, but Russia’s ambassador to Canada, Oleg Stepanov, nevertheless claimed to Russian state media that the embassy had been attacked by a bottle containing a “chemical composition.” Fun fact: The term “Molotov” cocktail was invented by Finland in 1940 after the Soviet Union invaded their country under very similar circumstances to the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine (Vyacheslav Molotov being the Soviet foreign minister at the time).

 These are RCMP members who led the way during the Queen’s funeral procession on Monday. Queen Elizabeth II was Commissioner-in-Chief of the RCMP, and the police force often gifted her the horses that she used in her official duties, four of which are represented here. © Dan Kitwood/Getty Images These are RCMP members who led the way during the Queen’s funeral procession on Monday. Queen Elizabeth II was Commissioner-in-Chief of the RCMP, and the police force often gifted her the horses that she used in her official duties, four of which are represented here.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Official Cause Of Death Revealed .
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