(Quebec) The deputy for Bourget, Richard Campeau, proposes that the name of his constituency in the east of Montreal bear in the future the name of the former minister Camille Laurin, who was deputy for Bourget for many years.
Richard Campeau, who is a member of the Coalition d’avenir Québec (CAQ), affirms that this project of new designation of his riding is particularly close to his heart.
He explained in a press release that in the context of a new chapter in the linguistic file, it seemed more than legitimate to honor the memory of Camille Laurin by renaming the constituency in his name. He pointed out that Mr. Laurin had an indelible impact on Quebec society, in particular because he was the prime contractor for the Charter of the French language adopted in 1977.
Camille Laurin was Member of Parliament for Bourget for the Parti Québécois (PQ) from 1970 to 1973, from 1976 to 1985 and from 1994 to 1998.
PHOTO OLIVIER PONTBRIAND, ARCHIVES THE PRESS
MP Campeau pointed out that the current name of the constituency pays tribute to Monsignor Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal from 1840 to 1876, who is mentioned in 30 place names, notably in Lévis, his place of birth, as well as in Montreal.
MP Campeau’s petition will be available from this Tuesday in the dedicated space on the National Assembly website, until March 9. Its filing will coincide with the 22e anniversary of Mr. Laurin’s death on March 11, 1999.
There is already a Camille-Laurin Street in Montreal, in the Pointe-aux-Trembles district, and the Camille-Laurin Building in the city center, as well as the Camille-Laurin Library in Charlemagne, the birthplace of the former politician.