Hon. Robert de Cotret (Acting Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Prime Minister who has been confined to his bed for the last few days, I would like to say the following, on his behalf.
The death of Rene Levesque has affected me more than I can say. To a whole generation of Quebecers, including myself, Rene Levesque embodied the pride, the sense of belonging and the passion of Quebecers for their province.
From the dawn of the quiet Revolution to his retirement from political life, and during the May 1980 Referendum, Rene Levesque was the man of one dream and one cause: Quebec's full emancipation. During those years he took his province through some of the most difficult and at the same time most exhilarating times in its history.
Like all great politicians, Mr. Levesque was both a dreamer and a realist. He was able to make passion listen to reason. Whether or not all Canadians agreed with the cause for which he fought to the very end, they owe him this tribute: Rene Levesque was a great man and a great democrat.
Subtopic: DEATH OF FORMER PROVINCIAL PRIME MINISTER
Sub-subtopic: RENE LEVESQUE 1922-1987