Liberal MP and former cabinet minister Jim Carr dies

Former cabinet minister and current Liberal MP for Winnipeg South Centre Jim Carr has died at the age of 71.

His death was announced in the House of Commons by a fellow Winnipeg MP, Kevin Lamoureux. The sombre announcement was met with gasps in the chamber, followed by a moment of silence. The day’s proceedings were then paused.

In a statement, his family said Carr “passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family and loved ones.”

First elected in 2015, Carr was into his third term as MP, while also battling multiple myeloma and kidney failure since 2019.

Over his time in federal politics, Carr held the roles of natural resources minister, minister of international trade diversification, and as the special representative for the Prairies.

Carr was last in the House of Commons last week, where he oversaw the passage of his private member’s bill focused on “building a green prairie economy.”

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