Mr. Speaker, like many Acadians, I was saddened to learn of the death of one of the founding fathers of the Caisses populaires acadiennes and a great builder of modern Acadia, Martin-J. Légère of Caraquet.
We have lost a great man today, but he leaves behind a legacy that will continue to thrive for many years to come.
An advocate for change, Mr. Légère was always willing to fight to make his vision understood. His determination made it possible for Acadians to have their own financial institution, which today has become a vital part of the community. The caisses populaires have made an enormous contribution to the development of the Acadian community, and today they continue to drive economic and social development.
Mr. Légère was very committed to the co-operative movement and many other causes, including the Francophonie. The many honours he received are a testament to his commitment and accomplishments.
Today, I would like to recognize his many contributions to Acadian society. My NDP colleagues and I offer our most sincere condolences to the Légère family. Thank you, Martin.