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Prominent Montreal lawyer James Duggan among victims of Quebec plane crash

Speed and impaired driving were only some of the factors that led to a high number of deaths in Quebec over the construction holidays, Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
A search and rescue team on a separate mission responded to the distress call for the plane on Friday evening and later found three men without vital signs. The Canadian Press / File Photo

A prominent Montreal-area lawyer was among the three victims of a plane crash that occurred in a remote region of northern Quebec on Friday.

Quebec provincial police say 67-year-old James Duggan was aboard the float plane that went down near Lac Boulène, southeast of Chibougamau.

Duggan was a prominent labour lawyer who was instrumental in the battle to unionize RCMP officers, as well as spearheading a class-action lawsuit on behalf of officers alleging harassment in the force.

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Frederic Serre of the Quebec RCMP Members’ Association describes Duggan as a tireless advocate for the rights of officers who approached sensitive situations with dignity and respect.

A search and rescue team on a separate mission responded to the distress call for the plane on Friday evening and later found three men without vital signs.

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Duggan died alongside Jacques Bissonnette, 69, and Claude Laplante, 77, as they travelled to a fishing trip. A fourth man survived the crash.

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