Rousselle honours city’s late deputy police chief

Rousselle honours city’s late deputy police chief

Laval legislators round-up

By Robert Frank

Vimont’s representative in Quebec City rose to speak in the provincial parliament, March 12.

Jean Rousselle elegized Serge Bélisle, 54, who succumbed to a brain tumor, March 10.

Bélisle served 28 years with the Laval police service, where he rose to deputy chief, before taking over as Quebec City’s police chief in 2007.
“Serge was a thoughtful colleague, a policeman with a passion for his work and respectful towards police service employees and his fellow citizens,” Rousselle, a former Laval police colleague, told Quebec legislators. “Serge was devoted to the people whom he served and known for the many works he did to help the most destitute members of our society.” 

“Serge was a happy man who liked to bring happiness to those who surrounded him. He was a natural leader, a visionary whom we shall miss deeply.”
Serge Bélisle

Proulx: Women’s Day

Sainte Rose’s representative preceded Rousselle’s remembrance with a call to recognize the progress Quebec women have attained.

“International Women’s Day, March 8, was a great opportunity to assess the journey and to take stock of the progress achieved towards a just and egalitarian society,” stated Suzanne Proulx.

“We can now work successfully in all occupations, all professions including—as of quite recently—the post of premier. The glass ceiling has been smashed as never before, and the great contribution of women to their cities, their regions and their countries is now unquestioned.”

Charbonneau: Intellectually Handicapped

Mille Îles’ representative rose to underscore Intellectually Handicapped Week by highlighting the work of the Federation of Quebec People First Movements.

“In the name of my colleagues, I would like to acknowledge and congratulate their president, Louise Bourgois,” praised Francine Charbonneau. “The federation and the movements are run by and for people who live with an intellectual handicap as well as those who speak and work in their name. They defend the rights of everyone who lives with an intellectual handicap.”

“This week you will be receiving a calendar, Mr. Speaker,” Charbonneau added. “Each month is the result of a drawing contest for members of the federation. This year, 672 drawings were submitted from throughout Quebec. The theme this year was: People first: Gathered together and united for our rights.”

Proulx: Newborns and parents’ needs

Proulx rose again in the assembly the following day, March 13, to shine light on a Laval service for expectant and new parents.

Mieux Naître Laval’s mission is to help parents harmoniously and satisfactorily navigate the arrival of a child,” she explained. “They’re the first organization in Quebec to twin prenatal services with a birthing centre.”

“They are practical visionaries, organized with a commitment to society,” she commented. “To all of them, I say bravo.”

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