Mr. Speaker, we were greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Rock Banville in Terrebonne at the age of 74. Dr. Banville was a staunch defender of workers' rights.
Dr. Banville was a native of Saint-Octave-de-Métis, and was extremely active in the labour movement, particularly as the co-founder, with well-known union leader Michel Chartrand, of the Fondation d'aide aux travailleurs accidentés du Québec.
His 1999 book La peau des autres spoke out against dangerous working conditions in the construction industry and on construction sites.
In the 1970s, he played a hand in the founding of the Front des travailleurs unis de Sept-Îles.
Dr. Banville remains a source of inspiration to us all and will live on in our memories.
The members of the Bloc Québécois join with me in extending our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Rock Banville.