Queen taught true meaning of selfless service, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says

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TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the Queen taught people the true meaning of selfless service.

In a statement issued after the Queen's death was announced today, Ford says the monarch was respected for her sense of duty and commitment to charity.

The Queen, the longest-serving British monarch and Canadian head of state, died today at 96.

Ford says the Queen had a special place in her heart for Canada.

The premier expressed his condolences to King Charles III and wished him great success as he ascends to the throne.

"Long live the King!" Ford wrote in his statement.

Flags have been lowered to half mast at Ontario's legislature, which is named Queen's Park.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 8, 2022.

The Canadian Press