Tributes poured in Tuesday for ex-federal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre following his death in a plane crash in eastern Quebec.
Many well-known Quebec journalists posted messages on social media during the day, begging Lapierre to say something to deny rumours he was on board the plane.
Lapierre, his wife and other members of his family died as they headed to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine for his father’s funeral.
Lapierre tweeted about his father’s death on Monday.
Mon père Raymond C. Lapierre vient de mourir à l'âge de 83 ans après un long combat contre la maladie de Parkinson. pic.twitter.com/OuW9Xkovyc— Jean Lapierre (@Jean_Lapierre) March 28, 2016
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, who worked with Lapierre when they were both MPs in Paul Martin’s Liberal government, said the popular pundit was able to explain politics to Quebecers in a simple, succinct way.
“He was above all a communicator,” Coderre told reporters at a news conference at city hall. “He could say a lot in a few words. He used his colourful commentary to make us understand (politics) in few words and left no one indifferent.”
Politicians of all stripes also weighed in on the death of the 59-year-old, who first served as a Liberal MP in 1979 before switching to the Bloc Quebecois in 1990.
Shaken by the sudden death of the Hon. Jean Lapierre on the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. A great loss to the political world.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 29, 2016
An utter shock to learn of the death of Jean Lapierre and many family members. Deepest condolences to those grieving this tragic loss.— Tom Mulcair (@ThomasMulcair) March 29, 2016
I remember meeting Jean Lapierre when I was first elected in 2004. He was charming, a happy warrior with a powerful presence in Ottawa. 1/2— Rona Ambrose (@RonaAmbrose) March 29, 2016
Many in the media also offered their condolences:
Jean Lapierre is irreplaceable. Quebec's most prolific pundit and an equal opportunity critic. We are all less informed today.— Dan Delmar (@DanDelmar) March 29, 2016
Devastating to hear of passing of Jean Lapierre, pundit par excellence who so wonderfully bridged the two solitudes. Will be much missed.— Bill Brownstein (@billbrownstein) March 29, 2016
Toutes mes condoléances à la famille aux proches de Jean Lapierre. L'un des plus grands communicateurs du pays. Paix à son âme.— Stéphane Laporte (@laportestephane) March 29, 2016