MATANE — The former mp, minister and senator Pierre De Bané has died at the age of 80 years old to 6 o’clock Thursday morning. Elected in the electoral district of Matane in June, 1968 under the banner of the liberal Party of Canada, he became the first person to ancestry arab to make his entry in the House of commons.
It will be re-elected for 16 years. From 1978 to 1982, prime minister Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau will give him four departments. It will also be the last minister federal Matane-Matapédia.
The region owes to him the creation of the Institut Maurice-Lamontagne, Mont-Joli, the factory Finish of Sayabec and the building of the ministry of Supply and Services in Matane. Pierre De Bané will then be a senator until his retirement in 2013.
Born in Palestine
Born in 1938 in Haifa, Palestine, to refugee parents are lebanese, he immigrated to Quebec with his family in 1951. He became first a lawyer and professor of law at the University of Laval.
The reactions to his death are numerous. “It is with deep sadness that I read of the death of Pierre De Bané, […] proponent committed to the francophonie, has expressed the secretary-general of the parliamentary Assembly of the francophonie and French mep, Jacques Krabal.
The member for Matane-Matapédia and interim leader of the Parti québécois, Pascal Bérubé, has offered his condolences via Twitter : “He was a man of strong political and appreciated in my area. His office was located right in front of my family home when I was a child.” The current liberal member of the federal district, Rémi Massé, has also sent its condolences to his wife, Elizabeth Nadeau and his family. The mayor of Matane, Jerome Landry, emphasized that he was “a minister who has made his mark in the East-of-Québec.”