Hundreds line up to attend public visitation for former Quebec premier Parizeau

MONTREAL — Hundreds of people are lining up to pay their respects to former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau.

Parizeau’s body is lying in state at the building housing the Caisse de depots et placement du Quebec, the provincial pension fund manager that Parizeau helped create in the 1960s.

Several provincial politicians have attended the visitation, including Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, who praised Parizeau as a great builder after viewing the coffin.

He announced last week that the building would be renamed after Parizeau, who died last week at the age of 84.

Other visiting dignitaries included Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and Parti Quebecois Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau, who was loudly applauded by the waiting crowd.

A state funeral for Parizeau will be held Tuesday afternoon in Montreal.

 

The Canadian Press