Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP Brad Vis called Thursday “a somber day in Canada” in his statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Vis said from the day she ascended to the throne more than 70 years ago, the longest-living monarch in British history “has been a beacon of hope and optimism.”
“As is the case for most Canadians, Her Majesty is the only monarch I have ever known,” Vis wrote. “It was Queen Elizabeth II who signed the Constitution Act in 1982, granting Canada full autonomy over our Constitution and implementing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family and all citizens of the Commonwealth as we mourn this loss,” he continued. “I wish His Majesty, Charles, all the best as he prepares to ascend to the throne.”