Quebecers confirmed dead in Haitian quake
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 14, 2010 7:54AM EST
A former UQAM professor and his wife are confirmed dead and a former Quebec MP is missing in the earthquake that levelled most of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Georges and Mireille Anglade were trapped in the rubble of a home on Tuesday and did not survive. They became the second and third Canadians killed by the Caribbean catastrophe.
The son of Serge Marcil, a former Liberal MP and member of the Quebec legislature, said he was waiting in Quebec City for word on his father, who had gone to Haiti on business.
Yvonne Martin, an Elmira, Ont., nurse who arrived in the capital scant hours before the disaster, was also killed in another area when the quake struck.
Pascale Anglade had hoped that her parents had been able to escape the carnage but late Wednesday, she learned they did not.
"He died and my mom died also,'' Pascale Anglade said of her parents in a hushed voice from her home in Charlotte, N.C., during a telephone interview with The Canadian Press.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that her parents and their friends who owned the home had died, Pascale Anglade said.
She remembered her parents, who had been married 43 years, as "beautiful. . . great people.''
"My dad taught for 30 years at the University of Quebec in Montreal. My dad worked for years for the UN. They lived in Haiti for many years, that's where they raised me and my sister.''
Helped found UQAM
Georges Anglade, 65, came to Canada in 1969 and was one of the founders of the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, where he was a professor of social geography until 2002.
A former political prisoner under the Duvalier regime, he was active in pushing for democracy in the poverty stricken country and wrote several books.
He returned to live in Haiti temporarily in the mid-1990s, serving in the cabinet of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide for 10 months.
Pascale Anglade said her parents had recently returned to Haiti for a family holiday.
"We had just left there. We were with them up until 10 days ago. It's really a shame.''
She last talked to her parents two days ago. A slight lilt came into her voice when she was asked what the conversation revolved around.
"My children, what else?'' she said. "They were grandparents. They talked about the children.
"That's all they wanted. They were thrilled with the grandchildren that they had and wanted to spend time with them. They were so happy to have seen them and they were making plans to see them again when they were back from Haiti.''
Anglade has two children while her older sister also has two.
Aside from the Ontario nurse who died, two Mounties, Supt. Douglas Coates of Ottawa and Sgt. Mark Gallagher of Halifax, are still missing.
Olivier Marcil, whose father Serge was visiting Haiti when the quake struck, said he has contacted the Canadian government and left a description of his father in the hopes that he can be found alive.
"We're waiting,'' said Olivier Marcil, who is an adviser to Premier Jean Charest.
Marcil arrived in Haiti with two associates, one of whom reached his wife to tell her the pair were all right. But Marcil was still unaccounted for Wednesday.