Mr. Speaker, on my behalf and on behalf of the Bloc Quebecois caucus, I would like to offer my sympathy to Mr. Jacques Parizeau, leader of the Parti Quebecois and MNA for L'Assomption, in my riding, as well as to his family, following the passing of his father, Mr. Gérard Parizeau.
The late Mr. Parizeau had a full and meaningful career. His pride, honesty and integrity should be a model for all of us. Besides working in the insurance business, he taught at the École des Hautes Études commerciales for almost 40 years. He also wrote several books on French-Canadian society.
For his dedication to society, he was made a member of the Royal Society of Canada, dubbed Knight of the Legion of Honour and awarded the title of High Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. Such tributes are evidence of the significant contribution he made to the development of Quebec society.
Again, our deepest sympathy to the Parizeau family. We wish them all our best in this difficult juncture in their lives.