Former Quebec premier Bernard Landry, Dead at 81

Yesterday, November 6th Québec lost a great statesman and the 28th Premier of Québec, Mr. Bernard Landry. 

The sovereignist and sharp-tongued soldier for the independence movement and longtime Parti Quebecois stalwart passed away at the age of 81 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, yesterday issued the following statement on the death of Bernard Landry:

“Today, I join Quebecers to honour the memory of Bernard Landry, a former Premier of Quebec.

“Mr. Landry was a dedicated leader who played a central role in a defining chapter of Quebec’s history. He devoted much of his life to making a difference in the lives of Quebecers.

“Mr. Landry held many provincial Cabinet positions before becoming Premier in 2001. After leaving politics, he remained an active member of his community and continued to contribute to public life. In recognition of his work as a politician, lawyer, author, and professor, he was appointed a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and Commander of the Légion d’honneur by the Government of France.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I offer our condolences to Mr. Landry’s family, friends, and colleagues.”

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