A small plane crashed off an island in eastern Quebec, killing seven people, including former cabinet minister Jean Lapierre.
His wife, two of his brothers and one of his sisters also died when their plane crashed on Tuesday. They were travelling to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine after the recent death of Mr Lapierre’s father.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said he was “shaken by the sudden death” of Mr Lapierre and called it a great loss to the political world. Former Canadian PM Paul Martin called Mr Lapierre, who served as his transport minister, a wonderful man who understood the issues and loved people.
The bilingual Mr Lapierre, 59, was much sought-after as a political commentator in English and French. Read more