Robert Bussière is the Coalition Avenir Québec MNA for Gatineau.
Coalition Avenir Québec
Robert Bussière, the 63-year-old Coalition Avenir Québec MNA for Gatineau, will be absent from the National Assembly for several months after suffering a heart attack Feb. 14.It happened during legislative proceedings in the National Assembly’s Blue Room and was perceived at first as a “malaise” that forced the MNA to leave the room. Tests in a hospital revealed that Bussière had suffered a heart attack. The MNA underwent heart surgery last Friday and will be convalescing for months.Given the circumstances, Bussière was fortunate to have been stricken while in the presence of two MNAs who also happen to be physicians — Lionel Carmant of the CAQ, a pediatric neurologist, and former Liberal health minister Gaétan Barrette, a radiologist. Both men rushed to Bussière’s aid as National Assembly speaker François Paradis suspended proceedings.At the time, Barrette, who had not seen Bussière fall ill but then sought him out when he heard what had happened, told reporters: “It really didn’t look good. I was able to give a very minimal examination, mostly asking questions to evaluate his condition.”Bussière was taken to the hospital, where he subjected to a battery of tests. His staff will ensure his riding office continues to function during his absence.