René Simard, Joséphine Bacon and PKP receive their insignia of signet rings and knights of the Ordre national du Québec

René Simard, Josephine Bacon and PKP receive their knighthood badges and Knight of the National Order of Quebec

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Louise Forestier, Léa Pool and René Simard received their insignia of signet rings and knights of the Ordre national du Québec on Wednesday at the National Assembly, while Pierre Karl Péladeau was crowned an officer.  

In all, 32 personalities, 11 women and 21 men, were decorated in Parliament on the stroke of 2 p.m.

Producer Denise Robert, known for her successes of recent years (“Ma vie en cinémascope”, “Aurore”, “Sam”) as well as her collaborations with her husband Denys Arcand (“Les invasions barbares”), actor and screenwriter Roland Lepage and Chief Jean Soulard also received the insignia of knights.

Journalist Jean-François Lépine and Innu poet Joséphine Bacon received the distinction of officer.

Their appointment was announced last week following an evaluation process launched in the fall. The Council of the Order then recommends to the Prime Minister the appointments for the year which are formalized by a decree, then handed over in June.

The National Order is the most prestigious recognition awarded by Quebec. Since its founding in 1984, 1,116 personalities have received one of the three grades of the Order: Knight, Officer and Grand Officer.