Ice hockey player Guy Lafleur, “the idol of a people”, Prime Minister François Legault announced on Friday that they are entitled to a state funeral.
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“Number 10 will forever remain in our collective memory,” the prime minister said at a press conference on Friday afternoon.
François Legault said he is currently in talks with the family.
At state funerals, flags are flown at half-mast alongside the ceremony from dawn to dusk.
Two other great Quebec hockey heroes were eligible for this honor: Maurice Richard on May 31, 2000 and Jean Béliveau on December 10, 2014.
The Quebec government will also open a condolence register on the Quebec.ca website.
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“Any Quebecers who want to can write a message to Guy Lafleur,” explained Mr. Legault.
The mayor of Thurso, Lafleur’s hometown, and the minister responsible for the Outaouais, Mathieu Lacombe, also proposed renaming Highway 50 the Guy-Lafleur Highway. The idea would be to study, said François Legault.
Lots of reactions
Like many political figures, François Legault took to social media on Friday morning to pay tribute to the blonde demon.
“Quebec loses a giant” with the departure of Guy Lafleur, the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.
“I would like to express my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. All of Quebec is thinking of you. Guy Lafleur is one of our legends. He shaped an entire generation of Quebecers. He made us dream. He led us to victory,” he said.
Sport Minister Isabelle Charest also released a message with a photo of her surrounded by Guy Lafleur and Mike Bossy, who passed away a week ago.
“This is a huge loss for Quebec. Such a nice man and a hockey legend. My thoughts are with his loved ones,” said Dr.me Charest.
“We are losing a real monument. Guy Lafleur, the blond demon, is the hockey player who shaped my childhood and that of a generation. His legacy will forever be etched in the hearts of Quebecers,” responded official opposition leader Dominique Anglade.
“Great players shape their sport. Idols mark peoples. Quebec got Guy Lafleur tattooed on his heart. We are all mourning today,” said Québec Solidaire Parliamentary Chair Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
“He is the idol of a whole people who have just left us. The blond demon, the big nOh 10 that has captivated Quebec for more years than any other. An exceptional player and a man of great kindness,” commented Parti Québécois President Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.
“It is the emergence of a whole generation that we are witnessing again today when we think of him and what he represented,” former Prime Minister Lucien Bouchard said on QUB radio at the microphone of Benoît Dutrizac.