MPs to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II in ‘special session’

MPs will return to Ottawa earlier than expected for a “special session” in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, the federal government announced on Saturday.

The House of Commons will sit on Thursday, September 15 for the event honoring Canada’s oldest sovereign. There, Members will have the opportunity to pay tribute to his life and legacy.

“I have spoken with all of the House Leaders…We look forward to honoring his life of service, dedication and strength,” said Government House Leader Mark Holland.

This special event precedes the opening of the fall sitting, which was scheduled to take place on September 19.

However, to take into account the State funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and the Canadian commemorations which also take place on this day, the start of the fall session is postponed by one day, to September 20.

Canada’s memorial service is scheduled to take place at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa.

Guests at the invitation-only ceremony in Ottawa will include government officials, foreign dignitaries and “representatives of organizations with which Her Majesty had close ties.” The ceremony will also be broadcast live for the public.

With files from CTV News’ Tom Yun