“A remarkable legacy”: the political world pays tribute to Jean Lapointe
In 2006, Jean Lapointe launched into a Maurice Duplessis impersonation at the official ceremony where then Prime Minister Jean Charest awarded him the Ordre national du Québec.
The announcement of the death of Jean Lapointe, which occurred on Friday at the age of 86, sparked a shower of saddened reactions within the political world, which he embodied in the guise of Maurice Duplessis at the end in the 1970s and then truly integrated, in the 2000s, as a senator. Or rather “senartist”, he liked to say.
On Twitter, the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, lamented the loss of a great artist with many talents, pointing out that Jean Lapointe was a comedian who could make us laugh to tears.
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The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, also posted a tweet in which he highlighted the remarkable legacy left by Jean Lapointe.
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The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, called Jean Lapointe an exceptional man. As an artist, as a senator and through his social involvement, Jean Lapointe will have marked Quebec and all of Canada, he wrote on Twitter.
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Another reaction, that of the Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante: Jean Lapointe was a monument of Quebec culture and a source of inspiration for thousands of people.
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In parallel with his artistic career, Jean Lapointe had a taste of political life when, in 2001, the Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien, appointed him to the Senate, to the great surprise of the principal concerned, who spent the Next 10 years in the Upper House.
Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain paid tribute to him on Twitter. According to her, Jean Lapointe represented a model of courage: that of not denying, that of getting up again and again, that of succeeding and giving back.
During his tenure in the Senate, he made the fight against video lottery machines in bars and restaurants his priority, repeatedly introducing a bill to this effect, which ultimately never passed. .
When he retired at the end of 2010, he said he was disappointed with his time in the federal capital, admitting to having found the political world difficult and to have found myself irritated by the dealings that sometimes take place behind the scenes.
I don't like politics. I didn't like it. There are a lot of tricks going on, he told The Canadian Press at the time.
I never gave up an inch [at the time of the votes], I went there according to my conscience and then according to my knowledge […]. The party line, I don't care. Let them make a line out of it, I don't know it, had added the one who had baptized himself the senist, thus testifying to the passion which will have animated his life until his last breath.
With information from La Presse canadienne