Section of Highway 10 could be named in honor of Jean Lapierre: report

The Quebec government is reportedly considering renaming a stretch of Highway 10 in the Eastern Townships after the late former politician and CJAD 800 pundit Jean Lapierre.

The 45-kilometre stretch of road would run from the southern end of the Champlain Bridge to St. Cesaire, on Montreal's south shore.

The Journal de Montréal reports the province's transport ministry is currently sounding out the mayors of the towns along the proposed route about the idea.

Since Lapierre's tragic death in a plane crash on March 29, 2016, there have been several proposals brought forth to honor Lapierre. In 2017, Granby MNA — and current transport minister — François Bonnardel suggested that a section of Highway 112 be renamed for Lapierre, who once represented the Shefford riding in the House of Commons.

Right around the same time, former Montreal mayor Denis Coderre suggested a public space in Outremont — located in the other riding he represented in Ottawa — be named for Lapierre.

Neither proposal made it off the drawing board.

Quebec's toponymy commission, the agency that regulates place names in the province, says for the moment, a library in his native Iles-de-la-Madeleine, and a street in Lac-Brome have been named in Lapierre's honor.