Mr. Speaker, I would like to mark the departure of a number of our colleagues who will not be running in the next election campaign.
The Bloc Québécois wishes to thank the 20 or so MPs who will not be running again for the contribution they have made to democracy.
I would like to pay particular tribute to the dean of the Bloc Québécois contingent, our colleague for Saint-Maurice—Champlain, who is leaving us.
A long-time sovereignist and committed activist, who sat in the National Assembly under the leadership of René Lévesque, he has instilled all of his wisdom, determination and courage into our caucus.
We are proud to have had the opportunity to work with him and I can assure him that we will continue his fight to ensure that justice is done with regard to low-income seniors and the GIS.
Thank you for your work, your devotion to Quebec, and your friendship.
So long, Marcel.