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Former Liberal Cabinet minister Lapierre’s death ‘a great loss to political world’

By Tim Naumetz      

Former Transport minister Jean Lapierre, a TVA political commentator, was killed in an airplane crash March 29. He was 'a kind friend, fine minister, excellent journalist. He took politics seriously but never took himself too seriously,' says Treasury Board President Scott Brison.

Jean Lapierre, who died Tuesday, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1979. He served until 1992 and was re-elected in 2004. During his time in Parliament, Mr. Lapierre served as the Transport minister from 2004 to 2006 under Paul Martin’s government, and previously as the minister of state for fitness, amateur sport and youth. He was also the deputy House leader in 1984 and served in several parliamentary secretary roles. He is the co-author of The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was with Chantal Hébert. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair praised former Liberal and Bloc Québécois MP Jean Lapierre as a “formidable Parliamentarian” after he learned Mr. Lapierre, 59, was killed in an air crash in eastern Quebec on Tuesday. Mr. Mulcair said he and his wife, Catherine, were “shocked” at the news Mr. Lapierre, his wife and other members of his family died. “It is with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Jean Lapierre and several members of his

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