Premier Jean Charest and Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, wish to offer their condolences to the family of Philippe Séguin, first president of France’s General Accounting Office (Cour des Comptes), former speaker of the National Assembly and former French government minister, who passed away on January 7 in Paris.
“Today, France has lost one of its finest servants, while Québec has lost one of its most steadfast friends. A great statesman and an outstanding orator, known for his outspoken advocacy and eagerness to provoke debate, he was a passionate public figure. He was also a major force in the development of Québec and France’s special relationship. He not only knew and understood Québec, but also had a deep love for La Belle Province,” said Mr. Charest.
“Mr. Séguin was a recipient of the Ordre National du Québec as well as an astute observer of the Québec political scene. In addition to publishing a major work on Québec-France relations, he taught at the University of Québec at Montréal, which awarded him an honorary doctorate. I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Séguin last December during my visit to France, and I remember a devoted man who was passionate about politics and committed to fostering the enduring bonds of friendship that link Québec and France—a friendship that was of inestimable value in his eyes,” said Mr. Arcand.