Mr. Speaker, I would like to pay tribute to Denis Santerre.
Denis passed away on Friday after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. On behalf of the people of Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, and on behalf of the Bloc Québécois, I offer my deepest condolences to his loved ones and his family.
Denis was reeve of La Matanie from 2017 to 2019 and mayor of the municipality of Baie‑des‑Sables for 12 years. It is in that context that I knew him.
When I was elected, he immediately invited me to meet with him. He picked me up in his car and gave me a tour of the village, sharing its history and all the secrets of the people who live there. We quickly developed a relationship of trust and friendship.
Denis was a good, generous and warm-hearted man, a man who gave his heart and soul to our region, of which he was so proud.
I thank Denis for his contribution to our community. May he rest in peace.