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L’École Polytechnique de Montréal — Victims of Tragedy

L’École Polytechnique de Montréal — Victims of Tragedy

L’École Polytechnique de Montréal — Victims of Tragedy

Hon. Joan Fraser: 

It was a late winter’s afternoon. There were snowbanks in Montreal’s streets, and Christmas decorations had been put up in the cafeteria at the École Polytechnique. Then, tragedy struck.

And 20 minutes later, these women were dead.

Anne-Marie Lemay, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student.

Anne-Marie Edward, who loved outdoor sports and was studying chemical engineering.

Annie St-Arneault, a mechanical engineering student from La Tuque, Quebec, was killed as she sat listening to a presentation in her last class before graduation.

Annie Turcotte, a metallurgical engineering student in her first year, was gentle and athletic.

Barbara Daigneault was to graduate at the end of the year.

Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz, a first-year nursing student who had arrived in Montreal with her husband from Poland only two years earlier.

Geneviève Bergeron, a second-year scholarship student in mechanical engineering, who played the clarinet and sang in a professional choir.

Hélène Colgan, who was in her final year of mechanical engineering, wanted to do a master’s degree.

Maryse Laganière worked in the budget department at Poly.

Maryse Leclair, a top student who was in fourth-year metallurgy. Her body was found by her father, Montreal police Lieutenant Pierre Leclair.

Maud Haviernick and Michèle Richard, both second-year students in metallurgical engineering, were presenting a paper, the two of them, when they were killed.

Nathalie Croteau, another graduating mechanical engineer who was planning a vacation to Mexico.

And Sonia Pelletier, the head of her class, and she was killed the day before she was to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering.

As Senator Galvez said, think of what they would have done for their communities and our country had they lived.