"He was a man from the regions but also a man from the city so he could talk to all Quebecers from all walks of life."
Lapierre, his wife, two of his brothers and one of his sisters were among seven people who died in the crash.
The pollsters who had been tracking the vote for the pro-sovereignty side as referendum day approached were as categorical as they could be. The lead that the Yes camp had built since mid-campaign had held over the final weekend before the Monday vote. As long as the well-oiled sovereignist machine got the vote out, the Yes camp would have a rendezvous with history that very night.