Former Canadian cabinet minister Jean Lapierre and several members of his family die in a plane crash in eastern Quebec. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former Canadian Cabinet minister Jean Lapierre died on Tuesday (March 29) in a plane crash that also killed his wife and three of his siblings on the way to his father's funeral in eastern Quebec. The TVA network, for which Lapierre worked as a political commentator, said all seven people on board Lapierre's twin-engined chartered aircraft were killed when it crashed in bad weather as it was coming in to land on the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Lapierre, 59, had been traveling to the Iles de la Madeleine for the funeral of his 83-year-old father, TVA said. Also killed were Lapierre's wife as well as two of his brothers and a sister, it added. Provincial police confirmed all the passengers and crew members on board had been killed but did not immediately release their names. Photos from the scene showed the Mitsubishi plane lying in several pieces in a snow-covered field. The ebullient Lapierre, known for his good humor and animated style on air, made a second career in the media after serving as transport minister in Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal government from July 2004 to February 2006.