Mr. Speaker, few performers have been able to embody a people quite the way Viola Léger did in the role of La Sagouine.
Viola Léger was La Sagouine, and, for many of us, La Sagouine was Acadia.
Thousands of times over more than 50 years, Ms. Léger transformed into this wise and insightful woman, deeply marked by a hard life and by the injustices and suffering perpetrated upon the Acadian people. The character may have been created by her friend Antonine Maillet, but Viola Léger was the one who brought it to life.
Viola Léger was a proud Acadian. She was an outstanding ambassador for Acadia and spent her entire life contributing to its cultural development, including through her foundation to promote Acadian theatre.
On behalf of the Bloc Québécois and all Quebeckers, I want to offer her family, everyone who loved her and all Acadians our most sincere condolences.
I thank Ms. Léger for being the face, the voice and the soul of the Acadian nation for so long.