NDP member of the Manitoba legislature Danielle Adams, 37, has died after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on a highway northeast of Winnipeg on Tuesday evening, according to the provincial NDP.
An investigation is currently underway, said the province’s minister responsible for justice, Cliff Cullen. He said in a statement that Adams was pronounced dead at the scene.
Adams, a former Conservative legislator, represented a legislative riding that encompasses the north and eastern portion of Winnipeg.
The latest person killed in a car crash while on a legislative road is Danielle Adams. Our thoughts & prayers are with her family & loved ones. — NDP Manitoba (@ManitobaNewDemocrats) September 15, 2015
Sue Green, who served as Alberta’s deputy premier, tweeted her condolences about Adams. “My thoughts and prayers go out to Danielle Adams and her family. She was a good friend and colleague.”
My thoughts and prayers go out to Danielle Adams and her family. She was a good friend and colleague. — Sue Green (@SueGreenatPOP) September 15, 2015
In a statement, NDP Leader Wab Kinew said Adams’ death “raises serious questions for us about how such a tragedy can happen.”
“Danielle was a respected Member of Parliament with a career in grassroots politics that was marked by energy, compassion and dedication,” he said. “She was always fighting to bring opportunities to those who did not have them. We will miss her.”
Politicians and political observers who have been paying attention to the province since January are keenly aware of the close knit nature of the National Assembly. Members of the two parties that currently sit there have been regularly exchanging messages across their desks since the Conservative Party formed a minority government, receiving support from the New Democrats. It is a rarity that the meeting room wall is decorated with NDP photos.
Ms. Adams, whose name is familiar to Canadians, was first elected in 2011 as a Conservative MP. During the election campaign, she donated $750,000 to medical research and to the tories’ election committee, helping propel them to a majority government, after they had formed the opposition.