Marc-André Bédard, former minister of the Parti Québécois, has died at the age of 85 after being hospitalized for complications related to COVID-19.
His son, who also served under the same banner, confirmed the death on social media Wednesday – hours after the former Justice Minister was hospitalized in Chicoutimi.
“He left an immense legacy in Quebecers, one of confidence and pride, the constant search for justice and commitment to his community,” wrote Stéphane Bédard.
The Parti Québécois also issued a statement on social media expressing condolences to Bédard’s family and loved ones.
Before becoming one of René Lévesque’s right-handers and a founding member of the Sovereign Party, Bédard was a practicing lawyer.
He was elected in 1973. During his time at the National Assembly, Bédard was Minister of Justice from 1976 to 1984.
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