Lise Payette, Quebec journalist and politician, dead at 87

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.