Former prime minister John Turner to be honoured with state funeral Oct. 6

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A state funeral will be held on Oct. 6 to honour former prime minister John Turner, who died on Sept. 19 at the age of 91.
A state funeral will be held on Oct. 6 to honour former prime minister John Turner, who died on Sept. 19 at the age of 91.

A statement from Canadian Heritage explained that there will be a church service at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica in Toronto that will strictly follow public health protocols including mask wearing, sanitizing and physical distancing.

"The church service is by invitation only. At the request of the family, there will be no public lying in state or lying in repose," the statement said.

St. Michael's can hold up to 1,600 people but, because of the pandemic, only a limited number of guests will be invited and they are being selected by the…
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