Mr. Pierre Marc Johnson reacts to the passing of Mr. Jacques Parizeau

Currently travelling in Europe, Mr. Pierre Marc Johnson, former Premier of Quebec, learned of former Premier of Quebec and leader of the Parti Québécois, Mr. Jacques Parizeau’s passing. He wishes to publish the following release:

« Upon learning of the death of Mr. Jacques Parizeau, former Premier of Quebec, my heart first goes out to his children, his family and his wife. I offer them my deepest condolences.

Mr. Parizeau marked the province of Quebec in a significant way, through both his beliefs and his work. Governmental advisor and brilliant bureaucrat, he was — with a few others of his generation — one of the architects in projects aiming to turn Quebec into an interventionist and efficient state. In elective office and asMinister of Finance, as well as President of the Treasury Board, he often adapted his vision of the state to ever-changing circumstances relating to budget constraints and the free market. His uncompromised beliefs as a separatist made him the leader of those in the Parti Québécois who shared a more radical vision of Québec’s future. Adamant but always courteous, peremptory but open to debate, he managed to devote most of his life as a public figure to his beliefs, which he did to the very end.

Once again, my deepest sympathies to his family and all those he loved dearly. »

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