Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Cabinet Minister Jean Lapierre and Several Relatives Die in Plane Crash

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Cabinet Minister Jean Lapierre and Several Relatives Die in Plane Crash

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Jean Lapierre dies in plane crash

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HAVRE-AUX-MAISONS, Que. - Former federal Liberal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre, his wife and three of his siblings died in a plane crash Tuesday as they headed to eastern Quebec to attend his father's funeral.

The Quebec coroner's office identified the deceased on Tuesday night as Lapierre, his spouse Nicole Beaulieu, his brothers Marc and Louis, his sister Martine Lapierre, and crew members Pascal Gosselin and Fabrice Labourel.

Lapierre, 59, tweeted Monday that his father, Raymond C. Lapierre, had passed away after a long fight against Parkinson's disease.

The plane crashed in a field near the airport in Havre-aux-Maisons in the Iles-de-la-Madeleine.

Ambulance technician Benoit Leblanc said six of the seven people were declared dead at the scene, while a seventh person died later after suffering cardiac arrest. …

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