MONTREAL – Friends, colleagues, opponents and ordinary citizens set on Monday at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal to express their condolences to the family of former Quebec Prime Minister Bernard Landry, who died last week at the age of 81.
Landra & # 39; s daughter, Pascale, told reporters that the family received homage to their father from across the province and around the world.
"The wave of sympathy really surprised and shocked me," she said, "but she also comforted me, and what I love is that there are people from all over the world who have given us compassion."
Inside the basilica, the closed casket of Landry & # 39; was covered with the flag of Quebec next to a large photograph.
Former liberal prime minister Jean Charest was one of the first to come and pay his respects.
Charest said his former opponent from Parti Quebeco "will force us to suffer during debates."
Charest greeted Landry & # 39; ego for investing in the video game industry in the province and his economic vision for the province.
"He gave economic credibility to the movement of sovereignty," said Charest.
Charest's successor, Pauline Marois, who had several books in Landry's government, sounded emotionally.
"We always have the impression that people like them will never leave, they will never leave us," she said.
The funeral of the 28th Prime Minister of Quebec will be held on Tuesday afternoon in the basilica. His body was also in Saturday in Quebec City in provincial legislation.
Health Landry & # 39; ego has failed in recent months and died on November 6 at home in Vercheres, Que. complications related to lung disease.
After Lucien Bouchard resigned as prime minister in January 2001, Landry replaced him with the leader and president of PQ. He served two years before he was defeated in the April 2003 elections. Through liberals Jean Charest.