Jean LaPierre, Politician Turned CJAD/Montreal Commentator, Dies In Plane Crash
March 29, 2016 at 4:18 PM (PT)
JEAN LAPIERRE, a former Canadian federal Transport Minister and Minister of Youth and Amateur Sport and a political commentator on BELL MEDIA News-Talk CJAD-A/MONTREAL, CTV, and TVA, was killed, along with his wife NICOLE BEAULIEU, two brothers, a sister, and two pilots, in the crash of a small plane in poor weather as it approached landing at ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELINE in the GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE; the group was heading from the ST-HUBERT airport near MONTREAL to the island for LAPIERRE's father's funeral. JEAN LAPIERRE was 59.
The youngest cabinet member in Canadian history -- 28 years old -- when he was picked to join the government of Prime Minister JOHN TURNER in 1984, LAPIERRE was heard twice daily on CJAD with commentaries on ANDREW CARTER's morning show and AARON RAND's afternoon show.
A statement from BELL MEDIA read, "BELL MEDIA joins the thousands of listeners and viewers mourning the passing of JEAN LAPIERRE and his spouse NICOLE BEAULIEU.
"JEAN will be dearly missed as an esteemed colleague and a valued contributor to CJAD 800 and CTV MONTREAL. BELL MEDIA would like to offer its most sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues."