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Marc-André Bédard, former PQ minister, dies after being hospitalized for coronavirus complications

From left, former PQ ministers Jean Rochon, Marc-Andre Bedard and Guy Chevrette discuss with PQ leader Stephane Bedard, before the funeral of Jean Garon, Saturday July 12, 2014, in Levis. Marc-Andre Bedard has died. Clement Allard/The Canadian Press

Marc-André Bédard, a former minister with the Parti Québécois, has died at the age of 85 after he was hospitalized for complications related to COVID-19.

His son, who also served under the same banner, confirmed the death on social media on Wednesday — a few hours after the former justice minister was taken to hospital in Chicoutimi.

“He left Quebecers with an immense heritage, marked by confidence and pride, the constant search for justice and commitment to his community,” Stéphane Bédard wrote.

The Parti Québécois also issued a statement on social media, offering its condolences to Bédard’s family and loved ones.

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Before he was one of the righthand men of René Lévesque and founding members of the sovereignist party, Bédard was a practicing lawyer.

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He was elected in 1973. In his time at the national assembly, Bédard served as justice minister from 1976 to 1984.

PQ Leader Paul Saint-Pierre Plamondon described Bédard as a pillar of the party, and a “builder of modern Quebec.”Premier François Legault also offered his condolences Wednesday. He said Bédard had a deep love for the province and for Quebecers.“I got along well with him, among other things because we were both pragmatists concerned with efficiency,” he said.
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With files from the Canadian Press

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