Mr. Speaker, Antoine Desilets, the father of photojournalism in Quebec, passed away on December 19, 2019.
The recipient of over 80 awards during his glorious career, he first made a name for himself in the United States by winning the photographer of the year award from the National Press Photographers Association of North America in 1966, 1968 and 1969.
He became a Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec in 1990 and authored 12 books on photography, which were translated into four languages and sold over 650,000 copies.
Mr. Desilets inspired generations of Quebeckers, including many members of the House, and introduced them to the art of photography. Every year for over 10 years, the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec has awarded seven Antoine-Desilets prizes to recognize the best press photos.
A determined separatist, Mr. Desilets had the good fortune to see his son enter the House of Commons as the Bloc Québécois member for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles this fall.
My friend, on behalf of all our colleagues and our party, I want to offer our sincere condolences to you and your family.