Tributes have poured in for former federal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre, who died along with his wife, two brothers and a sister in a plane crash yesterday in eastern Quebec.
Two crew members also died when the plane went down as it headed to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine, where Lapierre’s father had passed away just a few days earlier.
Former prime minister Paul Martin, who brought Lapierre back from political exile and made him transport minister, said he would remember Lapierre as a “great friend who had deep insights.”
Lapierre, who was fluently bilingual, was a much sought-after as a political commentator in both English and French.
He quit federal politics after bolting the Liberal party for the Bloc Quebecois when Jean Chretien won the party leadership but returned after Martin became Liberal leader in late 2003.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, who worked with Lapierre under the Liberal banner in Ottawa, said that, above all, he was “a communicator” who “could say a lot in a few words.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that we was “shaken” by Lapierre’s sudden death while N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair also tweeted his condolences, calling his death “an utter shock.”
(The Canadian Press)<