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Bernard Landry lies in the state of Notre Dame Basilica

CTV Montreal

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018 12:51 EST

Last Updated Monday, November 12, 2018 12:55 PM EST

The mourners stayed for hours on Monday for their chance to pay their last respects to former Prime Minister Bernard Landry.

Landry lay in a state in the Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal after being presented at the National Assembly this weekend.

His flag-covered coffin was brought to the basilica with a police escort, accompanied by his immediate family.

His daughter, Jolie, said that the whole experience was quite emotional, but she was very proud to see what her father meant for the people of Quebec.

Father Miguel Castellanus of the basilica said a few words before allowing the mourners to hand over the remains of Landari.

Among the mourners who put their honor on Monday were former Prime Minister Pauline Marouet and Jean-Baptiste Rast, and former Communist Party Minister Serge Menard.

"His ideas were clear, his arguments: always," said Manard.

Andre Bint, who worked for Landry, admired many of his qualities, including his "peaceful tranquility, his confidence in the people of Quebec and the future of Quebec."

Many of the people who took part in the visit on Monday said that Landry and his passion for independent Quebec were inspiring.

"He was a wonderful prime minister, and he was so great for us that he gave us the sense of honor, of pride," said Luke Guay, who traveled from Sherbrooke to the event.

Landry died last Tuesday at the age of 81 after a long illness.

His state funeral will take place on Tuesday in the Notre Dame Basilica, and among the speakers will be his constant political enemy, Christchurch.

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