Manitoba NDP MLA Danielle Adams has died following a vehicle crash on Thursday afternoon.
The Manitoba NDP says Adams, MLA for Thompson, was killed in a car accident near Thompson.
The mother of two young boys was first elected in 2019 and served as the NDP critic for child care, housing, disability and poverty matters.
“Danielle’s passing is heartbreaking on so many levels — she was a young, caring mother who wore her heart on her sleeve,” said NDP leader Wab Kinew.
“She was a fierce advocate for her constituents in Thompson and always made northern Manitobans a priority. Our movement and our team will miss her deeply. I know I and my NDP colleagues will honor [sic] her life and legacy by continuing to fight hard for the things Danielle stood for.”
Manitoba RCMP tweeted just after 3 p.m. Thursday that they were responding to a serious collision on Highway 6, approximately 50 kilometres south of Ponton. According to police, Adams was driving a southbound SUV when it collided with a northbound semi-trailer truck, being operated by a 54-year-old man from the RM of Alexander. He wasn’t injured in the crash.
Road conditions were poor at the time of the collision, say police.
Adams, who was 38, is survived by her children and her husband, Bill.
I’m very sad to confirm Danielle Adams, the NDP MLA for Thompson and a dedicated mother and partner, passed away this afternoon.
Danielle fought hard for a better life for families, northerners, & kids across Manitoba.
To our dear colleague and friend—we will miss you so much! pic.twitter.com/YQhrHgLAlF
— Wab Kinew (@WabKinew) December 10, 2021
My deepest condolences to Danielle Adams’ family, friends, and colleagues. Thompson and all of Manitoba suffer a terrible loss today.
— Heather Stefanson (@HStefansonMB) December 10, 2021
The Manitoba Legislature is united today in grief at the tragic passing of Thompson MLA Danielle Adams. To her family, friends, and NDP colleagues, our hearts break for you and we are incredibly sorry for this terrible loss.
— Kelvin Goertzen (@MLAGoertzen) December 10, 2021