Manitoba legislator Danielle Adams dies in car crash

Image copyright The Canadian Press Image caption Ms Adams was elected to the legislature in 2012 and served as minister for children, youth and families

NDP member of the Manitoba legislature Danielle Adams has died in a car crash, the party said.

The 37-year-old minister for children, youth and families was in a car with her husband when it crashed at about 11:30 local time (15:30 GMT) on Friday.

The crash happened in Trois-Rivieres, a small town in the province north of Quebec.

Ms Adams, who worked in federal politics and was first elected in 2012, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

She died overnight.

One local man was killed and three people were injured in the car crash.

Ms Adams ran for the New Democratic Party (NDP) in 2013 and again in 2016.

Elected in 2012, she was a former minister of citizenship and immigration.

When she was a federal candidate in the 2011 election, the Conservatives raised eyebrows by making her an issue, saying her husband held the title of Governing Partner of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Council, Canada’s only government trade agency for Aboriginal Peoples.

Ms Adams was the daughter of former Conservative cabinet minister James Adams, and the political dynasty continued.

Her brother Michael is now mayor of Sherwood Park, Alberta, and the MP for Medicine Hat.

The New Democratic Party is an official opposition party in Manitoba.

Minister of the status of women Vicki Mowat tweeted a message about Ms Adams’ death.

“Today our province is in mourning,” she wrote. “My thoughts are with Danielle Adams’ family.”

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