Tuesday, September 07, 2010

A Moving Tribute to a Quebec Politician


QUEBEC—Claude Bechard, a youthful Quebec cabinet minister who soldiered on in his post despite suffering from terminal cancer, died on Tuesday. He was 41.
His life was marked by a passion for politics and Bechard seemed to find solace in the affairs of state even as he confronted a slew of personal tragedies.
In his final months, ailing, thin and visibly weakened by his pancreatic cancer, he continued working and made a dramatic return to the legislature following one lengthy absence.
“You have to live,” a frail Bechard told reporters minutes before stepping into the legislature on his first day back in June. “You have to live. We’re not here to sit around and wait for things to go wrong. We’re here to live. You have to live life to the fullest.”