John Crosbie mourners fill Confederation Building for public visitation

People looking to pay their respects to the late John Crosbie are lining up at Confederation Building on Tuesday for the first day of public visitation.

The ashes of the legendary politician will lie in state for two days so the general public can say farewell. Crosbie is the first person to get state treatment since his one-time political rival, former premier Joey Smallwood, died in 1991.

The House of Assembly will be open to the public between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday for public visitation.

Confederation Building staff will be in place to direct people. Parking will be available in front of the east block — the tallest of the buildings. Members of the public can enter through the front entrance, or the public service entrance on the northeast side.

Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie inspects the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary before delivering the provincial speech from the throne in March 2011. (Paul Daly/The Canadian Press)

Crosbie died on Friday at the age of 88, following a period of illness.

His family had been by his side in his final days, including his beloved wife, Jane.

He left behind a legacy in Newfoundland and Labrador as a firebrand and fierce advocate of the province both provincially and federally.

He served as a cabinet minister under Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark, and is credited for essential efforts in advancing the offshore oil industry in the province.

As attorney general and justice minister, he ended discrimination based on sexual orientation in the RCMP and military.

As fisheries minister, he brought a compensation package to more than 30,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians put out of work at the advent of the cod moratorium.

His funeral will be held Thursday at the Anglican cathedral on Church Hill at 2 p.m.

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John Crosbie mourners fill Confederation Building for public visitation

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