François Legault’s Statement on the Plane Crash in Îles-de-la-Madeleine


 29 March 2016

The tragic plane crash that occurred in Îles-de-la-Madeleine has taken the lives of seven passengers, including politician Mr. Jean Lapierre and his spouse, Mrs. Nicole Beaulieu. The Coalition Avenir Québec Leader and member for L’Assomption, François Legault, was keen on making the following statement:

“I was deeply saddened to learn about the death of the seven passengers and crew members, who were on board of the plane headed to Îles-de-la-Madeleine. In the name of my political party, I extend my deepest condolences, to the families and loved ones of all the victims of this terrible plane crash. Among the passengers that lost their lives, were Jean Lapierre, and his wife, Nicole Beaulieu; two individuals for whom I had a great deal of esteem. We have spent unforgettable evenings together, and losing them has affected me on the deepest level.

In addition to leading a distinguished career in media and politics, Jean Lapierre was a proud father, grandfather, and family man. Accompanied by his wife, two brothers, and sister, he was headed to spend time with his mother, following his father’s recent death. This tragedy is of endless grief, and I haven’t the words to express the sorrow that apprehended Isabelle and myself; once we heard the news.

Jean Lapierre was a great Quebecer, with remarkable personal and professional attributes. His good humour and joie de vivre were literally contagious. For the people involved in media and politics, he was far more than a fierce commentator: He was a confidant, a great listener, and a reliable companion. Everyone wanted to speak to Jean Lapierre, and he was happy to interact with all. I find it hard to digest that his famous -Hello, hello! – will never again be heard in the early morning hours. Quebec’s politics will never be the same.

Dear Jean, Quebec as a whole is thanking you today. We will never forget you, and forever miss you!”

Photo: Jean Lapierre, one of the 7 victims of the plane crash.