An important honor for Janette Bertrand

An important honor for Janette Bertrand

Janette Bertrand and François Paradis, President of the National Assembly

At 97, Janette Bertrand continues to accumulate distinctions. The great lady received the Medal of Honor from the National Assembly on Tuesday, which salutes the significant contribution of exceptional people to the advancement of society.

A tribute that went without saying for the one who, among other feats of arms, educated young girls about sexuality and menstruation in the 1960s, addressed many taboo themes in his television programs (domestic violence, STIs, etc.) and helped to fight against many prejudices (against homosexuality, racialized people, etc.) with his writings, for more than 50 years. It's not for nothing that we often say that Janette has “disneyed Quebec”.

Still very active and alert, Ms. Bertrand attended last Wednesday the premiere of Kooza, from Cirque du Soleil, in the Old Port of Montreal.

Four other people received the Medal of Honor from the National Assembly this week: author Luc Dionne, politician Benoît Pelletier as well as, posthumously, Joyce Echaquan and Guy Lafleur. The awards were presented during a ceremony at Le Parlementaire restaurant in Quebec City.

“These remarkable personalities, who encourage us to surpass ourselves, through their actions, their reflections and their embodied values, knew how to to mark families, society and entire communities”, underlined François Paradis, the President of the National Assembly, on this occasion.

The personalities decorated with the Medal of Honor of the National Assembly are chosen by a committee made up of deputies representing all the parliamentary groups.

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