Tragedy strikes

@AnneEJ (5013)
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
March 30, 2016 8:49am CST
Tragedy struck the tight-knit world of Canadian politics Tuesday after a plane crashed in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Que., killing former federal Liberal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre, four members of his family and the two pilots of the aircraft. The crash occurred as the chartered airplane was approaching the runway in poor weather conditions, and was very devastating for the Lapierre clan. Mr. Lapierre, his wife, two brothers and a sister were on their way back to the remote island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to attend the funeral of Lapierre’s 83-year-old father, who had just died. I often listened to his comments on the radio each day. He seemed like a very fair and honest person. Texts and messages have been pouring in to the radio station, showing that he was well respected by all, and will be sorely missed.
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@DianneN (78116)
• United States
30 Mar 16
I read about this tragic event online this morning, although I unfamiliar with Canadian politics. Very sad.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
30 Mar 16
Other planes had been cancelled because of the weather, so some people don't understand why this one flew.
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@DianneN (78116)
• United States
30 Mar 16
@AnneEJ That happened when we were in Hong Kong. There was a monsoon, and a plane from Taiwan was told not to land. It did, and flipped upside down on the runway. At least one person was killed. We saw it on the runway a day or two later, when we flew home. Some people just don't listen when they should!
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@marlina (73884)
• Canada
30 Mar 16
I was very upset when I saw the news on TV yesterday and so were all of my family.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
30 Mar 16
He was so well-known and appreciated here.
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@jstory07 (67081)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Mar 16
It is always sad when good people die in accidents. I feel sorry for the family members who now loss more family.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
30 Mar 16
Yes, I can't imagine how that mother must feel, waiting for her family and then to lose them all.
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• United States
30 Mar 16
Yeah I saw that my dear friend..sorry to hear it ..RIP
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
1 Apr 16
We heard about this through Facebook a few days ago. Most of our Francophone friends in the Montreal area were sharing tributes to Lapierre. He was well loved, indeed, and will be sadly missed.
@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
1 Apr 16
Yes, I will miss hearing him on the radio, although I did not know him personally. Sad thing for that family, losing so many all at once.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
2 Apr 16
@AnneEJ It is so sad, so many of them dying at once. I feel for his mother, losing her husband and children too.
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@GardenGerty (99286)
• United States
31 Mar 16
When a really good leader passes suddenly it is a shock to an entire nation. Sorry for your country's loss.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
31 Mar 16
Yes he will be missed greatly.
@Elizaby (3658)
• Pensacola, Florida
30 Mar 16
Sad to hear the news especially when the family was headed to a furneral of the father
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
31 Mar 16
Heard on the news this morning that another small plane (on which a brother-in-law was a passenger) had engine trouble but was able to land safely.
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@destimona (1930)
• Luxembourg, Luxembourg
30 Mar 16
Sorry for this.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
30 Mar 16
Yes, it was a real shock.
@LadyDuck (157301)
• Switzerland
30 Mar 16
This is very sad, I have not yet read the news in the European newspapers.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
30 Mar 16
No it probably did not make it to your papers
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