Hon. Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works):
Mr. Speaker, I cannot but agree with the words spoken by the Hon. Member for Hull-Aylmer (Mr. Isabelle), who knew the former Member for Quebec East, Mr. Duquet, personally, and perhaps even better than I did.
When I arrived in the House of Commons in 1968, I had the pleasure of getting to know our colleague, and, Mr. Speaker, I wish to express my deepest regrets at his passing away. I also would like to say I believe Mr. Duquet was always very much respected on both sides of the House, for his speeches as well as for his actions. He was a politician who, through his achievements, demonstrated his lively interest in the province of Quebec and his country. I know that practically his whole life was dedicated to politics. I think I can say, without exaggeration, that he did so out of a desire to serve his fellow men.
January 27, 1986
Today, speaking on behalf of all my colleagues, the Prime Minister of Canada (Mr. Mulroney) and the entire Cabinet, I wish to offer his family the customary condolences, and I want them to know we shall remember with respect his contribution to the House of Commons and the manner in which he served a community which he represented so faithfully and so well.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: THE LATE GERARD DUQUET