Seven people have died after a small private plane crashed on an island off the east coast of Quebec.
Authorities said the plane crashed as it approached Iles-de-la-Madeleine Airport amid heavy winds and snow.
Jean Lapierre, a broadcaster and former Canadian transport minister, and members of his family were among the victims.
Mr Lapierre worked as a political analyst for CTV and other Canadian media outlets.
He also served as a member of parliament from 1979 to 1993 and again from 2004 to 2007.
Officials with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are en route to Havre aux Maisons Island in the Magdalen Islands to determine the cause of the crash.
The twin-engine turboprop plane departed from Montreal’s St Hubert Airport on Tuesday morning.
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Mr. LaPierre, his wife and family, were on their way home, to attend the funeral for his father, who died yesterday after a long battle with Parkinsons Disease.
I was sitting with my friends in a meeting this evening, when one of them arrived to tell us who was in the plane that was reported crashed earlier in the day. I had no idea who had been killed, but after hearing the news, everyone was terribly sad, at such a tragic loss of an entire family.
Jean was a well loved political reporter in the Province of Quebec. He participated in all things politics, on French and English television, Radio, across the province on both sides.
We would hear him nightly, on CJAD’s 24 hours of 800.
I am terribly saddened by this loss for Quebec, for Canada, Jean’s family, and the platforms he served for so many years.
This is terrible loss for so many, a very popular man voice of knowledge has been silenced, and there will never be another Jean LaPierre.
Eternal Rest Grant them and may Perpetual Light Shine upon them.