MONTREAL – A civic funeral is scheduled today in Montreal for the man who died in the shooting at a party celebrating the Parti Québécois election victory.
Denis Blanchette died when a gunman opened fire last Tuesday at the PQ victory rally at a Montreal nightclub.
The 48-year-old lighting technician was filling in for a colleague at the venue.
Civic funerals are usually reserved for public figures as well as police officers slain in the line of duty.
The idea of honouring Blanchette came up last week when PQ leader Pauline Marois and Premier Jean Charest met to discuss the transition of power.
The flag at the Quebec legislature will also fly at half-staff.
The man charged in the killing of Blanchette, Richard Henry Bain, faces 16 charges including first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and arson.
Bain next appears in court Oct. 11 to face the charges.