Lise Payette, a celebrated journalist, feminist, writer and Quebec cabinet minister viewed as a trailblazer for women in Quebec politics, has died. She was 87.
Payette died peacefully Wednesday evening at her home, surrounded by friends and family, according to a news release sent by her publicist.
Born in the Montreal neighbourhood of Verdun in 1931, Payette began a career in broadcasting with Radio-Canada, hosting a feminist morning radio program called Place aux Femmes and an evening talk show called Appelez-moi Lise.
She joined the Parti Québécois and was elected in 1976, becoming René Lévesque's minister of consumer affairs, co-operatives and financial institutions.
News of her death Thursday prompted an outpouring of tributes from politicians across the political spectrum.
More to come.