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A minute of silence for Commons for Karl Tremblay

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The singer of the Cowboys Fringants, Karl Tremblay, died following a fierce fight against cancer.

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The House of Commons observed a moment of silence on Monday in tribute to the singer of the Cowboys Fringants, Karl Tremblay, who died last Wednesday at the age of 47, following a battle with cancer. the prostate.

The solemn moment, which took place after question period, allowed a rare truce in hostilities as those elected resumed their work at the end of a week of parliamentary recess.

Earlier, in the afternoon, the Bloc Québécois, which claims to be the initiator of the moment of silence, and the Conservative Party reserved one of their declarations in the Commons for the singer.

Quebec is experiencing immense collective mourning, summarized Caroline Desbiens, the MP for Beauport–Côte-de-Beaupré–Île d'Orléans–Charlevoix, while speaking .

This mourning is loaded with sadness, yes, but also with recognition and admiration, she said, describing the singer as a unifier.

Karl Tremblay sang our loves, our brushes without class, our collective and individual dreams, our joys and our sorrows.

A quote from Caroline Desbiens, Member of Parliament for Beauport–Côte-de-Beaupré–Île d'Orléans–Charlevoix

As MPs from all parties applauded, Speaker Greg Fergus said it was truly one of the greats.

The MP curator of Portneuf–Jacques-Cartier, Joël Godin, spoke of a giant who had a profound impact on us.

He not only offered captivating musical compositions, but also played an essential role in strengthening Quebec's linguistic and cultural identity, he mentioned.

Mr. Godin also indicated that he intended to submit the singer's candidacy posthumously as grand officer of the Order of the Pléiade. The recognition awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie aims to reward those who promote the French language.

Testimonies of&#x27 Love has been pouring in since the singer's death, so much so that he will be entitled to a national funeral if his family agrees, Quebec Prime Minister François Legault announced last week.

Les Cowboys Fringants have enjoyed enormous popularity in Quebec and Europe. The group won the Félix for best group of the year in 2003, 2004, 2011, 2020 and 2021, in part thanks to Karl Tremblay's remarkable talent for rousing crowds.

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