Thompson MLA Danielle Adams dies after car accident, NDP says

Danielle Adams, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Thompson, has died after a car accident, the Manitoba NDP confirmed on Thursday night.

The accident happened Thursday afternoon near Thompson, Man.

“Danielle’s passing is heartbreaking on so many levels — she was a young, caring mother who wore her heart on her sleeve,” NDP Leader Wab Kinew said in a statement. “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 honour her life and legacy by continuing to fight hard for the things Danielle stood for.” 

Danielle Adams is greeted by applause at her election headquarters after winning the Thompson seat in the 2019 provincial election. (Ramraajh Sharvendiran/CBC)

Adams was first elected as a member of the NDP in 2019 and served as critic for child care, housing, disability and poverty matters. 

The party described her as a lifelong New Democrat who cared deeply for Manitoba’s northern communities and fought for quality health-care, education and good jobs in the region.

“Before and after her election, Danielle was a trustworthy listener and community advocate for those in Thompson and beyond,” the news release said.

Adams sponsored two private member resolutions in her time as a MLA. She called for immediate support for Manitobans on employment assistance and to ensure child care is affordable and accessible for all. 

Other politicians offered their condolences on social media. 

“Danielle was the most kind, sweet, wholesome, genuine woman. She loved her family SO much,” NDP House Leader Nahanni Fontaine wrote on Twitter.

“This is a hard day.”

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson offered her deepest condolences to Adams’ family, friends and colleagues.

“Thompson and all of Manitoba suffer a terrible loss today,” she tweeted.

Before entering provincial politics, Adams served on the boards of several organizations, including the Thompson Children’s World Daycare, Thompson Ski Club and the Thompson Labour Committee.

She also worked in the constituency office of Churchill-Keewatinook Aski MP Niki Ashton.

Adams is survived by her two young boys and her partner Bill. 

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