The former minister André Bourbeau died at the age of 81 years

News 25 March, 2018
  • Ghyslain Lavoie / JdeM

    QMI agency

    Sunday, 25 march, 2018 18:43

    Sunday, 25 march, 2018 18:43

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    The former minister in the provincial liberal André Bourbeau died Sunday morning at the age of 81 years. He would have been 82 years old on the 1st of June.

    The news was announced by his son Eric in the early afternoon on the social networks.

    “This morning my father left us in his sleep, peacefully and surrounded by his loved ones, he wrote. In the last days he had expressed the desire to leave as quickly as possible. It was very fast. His loved ones are sad but at peace with it.”

    His son said that he had a very active life despite a diagnosis of cancer 20 years ago.

    André Bourbeau was born at Verdun, and had a training of a notary, a profession he held from 1960 to 1981.

    He had been a municipal councillor of Saint-Lambert from 1970 to 1978, then mayor of the same municipality from 1978 to 1981, in which year he was elected liberal member of parliament in Laporte.

    Mr. Bourbeau has been re-elected in 1985, 1989, 1994 and 1998. It was not represented in 2003.

    Andre Bourbeau, Monique Landry

    Journal de Montreal

    During his stay in the provincial policy, he has been minister of municipal Affairs, minister of Labour, minister of Labour, acting minister of Finance.

    In the course of his life and until his death, André Bourbeau has been very involved in the music field, having been chairman of the board of directors of the Fondation Jeunesses musicales Canada (JMC), chairman of the Fondation Wilfrid-Pelletier and president of the Montreal international musical Competition.

    “It is thanks to him that Jeunesses musicales Canada has been able to become the owner of his building, he was able to do major renovations, as well as create a fund to help young artists, said Daniel LeBlanc, executive and artistic director of JMC, during a phone interview with the QMI Agency. Thanks to him, the Foundation of Jeunesses musicales Canada’s growth has been exemplary.”

    At his death, André Bourbeau was a director at the Foundation, as president of the Montreal international music Competition he had co-founded.

    “This is a great philanthropist, a great music lover. It is really a person who was passionate about music; who has done everything to make it accessible and bring benefits to young people,” added Ms. LeBlanc.

    His son Eric is gone in the same direction in his message, writing, “his energy and enthusiasm will be instrumental in helping a large number of young talent in quebec to take flight on the world stage”.

    “I know that many are grateful,” he said.

    André Bourbeau leaves behind him his wife, his three children, five grandchildren, a large number of friends and music-lovers everywhere, said Eric Bourbeau.