On the Passing of Former Premier Jim Prentice

Progressive Conservatives Remember Former Premier Jim Prentice

Progressive Conservative Interim Leader and MLA for Calgary-Hays, Ric McIver, has issued the following statement regarding the tragic death of former Premier Jim Prentice:

“We are heartbroken to learn that former Premier Jim Prentice has lost his life in a tragic accident yesterday evening.

“Jim was a friend and mentor to us all and his dedication to public service was an inspiration to everyone who had the honour of working with him. As the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre-North, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Industry, Minister of Environment and as Alberta’s 16th Premier, he made significant contributions to his community on both the provincial and federal levels.

“Beyond this dedication and commitment to public service, Jim was a kind and generous man who always put his family first. Our deepest sympathies are with his wife Karen, their daughters and the entire Prentice family.”

Jean Statement on Sudden Passing of Premier Jim Prentice

EDMONTON, AB (October 14, 2016): Today, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean released the following statement on the tragic and sudden passing of former Premier Jim Prentice:

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Premier Jim Prentice.

“This accident leaves a hole in our hearts and throughout the public landscape of our country.

“Jim dedicated much of his life to public service on behalf of the people of Calgary, Alberta and Canada.

“For his colleagues who served with him in Ottawa and Alberta, we will remember him as a man of great compassion, who held firm in his belief in the dignity of all people and a leader who worked relentlessly towards his goal of making this province and this country a better place.

“On behalf of the Wildrose Official Opposition, I offer my prayers and deepest condolences to Jim’s wife Karen, to his children and grandchildren, and to the families who lost loved ones today. With all Albertans, we share in your grief.”

Mayor Nenshi: Jim Prentice – An Inspiration for Public Service

This morning, I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn that former Alberta Premier, Jim Prentice, was amongst four people killed in a plane crash in southern BC. The loss of all of these lives is devastating.

Jim came to see me when I became mayor (one of my very first meetings, in fact), and he helped me navigate those tough first few weeks. Even after he left federal politics, he was an important part of this city and always ready to help however he could.

I remember getting a call while I was at a function at Heritage Park. I snuck into an employees-only hallway to have a long chat with this man I had long admired. He told me he was thinking of running for leader of the PC party and for Premier. I think I asked him: “why in the world would you want to do that? You’ve got a great career and a wonderful family, and you’ve given so much to the community already.” He replied in a way that clearly and plainly spoke of his love for this province and his hopes for the future.

In politics, I get to work with people from all political stripes who are filled with a desire to do good no matter what. I also get to work with people who are thoughtful, respectful, and driven by a need improve this community we all share. Jim was all of these things, and so much more. He is an inspiration to all of us who aspire to public service.

It wasn’t even a year ago that we lost Manmeet Bhullar, but I’d like to share one of his stories. When the Sikh community was struggling to set itself up in Calgary and trying to build the first gurdwara in this city, they faced a lot of opposition from a community that didn’t know much about their faith. They were represented by an idealistic young lawyer who fought for respect, acceptance, and diversity. That lawyer was named Jim Prentice.

All of our thoughts and prayers are with Karen, their daughters, and their families. Thank you for sharing Jim with all of us. I also want to extend sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives with Jim. This is a devastating loss for everyone.

– Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Alberta Forest Products: Statement on the Passing of Former Premier Jim Prentice

The Alberta Forest Products Association released the following statement on the passing of former Premier Jim Prentice.

“Alberta’s forestry sector was saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic passing of former Premier Jim Prentice.”

“In his work at both the federal and provincial levels, he left an indelible mark on the province of Alberta. His many contributions include strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities and promoting a sustainable future for our province.”

“Our thoughts are with his family.”

Paul Whittaker
President and CEO
Alberta Forest Products Association

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the tragic death of Jim Prentice
Ottawa, Ontario

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on the death of Jim Prentice:

“I was deeply saddened to learn that former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice was killed in a plane crash last night in British Columbia.

“Jim Prentice brought his deep convictions to everything he turned his hand to, whether it was law, business, or politics. At each step of his career, he worked tirelessly for the people of Canada and Alberta – both as a federal minister in several different portfolios, and later, as Premier of the province.

“He was broadly respected in the House of Commons – across all party lines – for his intelligence, commitment, and honest straightforward approach on tough issues. I greatly enjoyed the time I spent working closely beside Jim in the House, and know that he will be missed by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

“Today, we mourn the passing of a great Canadian. His legacy will live on in the work he did for Albertans and for all Canadians – particularly in the important role he played in finalizing the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement – and through his daughters, who he loved dearly and was incredibly proud of.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends and to the loved ones of all those who perished in this tragic accident.”

Speaker Wanner issued the following statement on the passing of former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice

On behalf of the Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Hon. Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, extends sincere condolences to the family of Hon. Jim Prentice, PC, QC, former Premier of Alberta.

“Mr. Prentice was a dedicated Albertan who carried himself with dignity throughout his extensive and distinguished public service career. His tragic passing brings great sadness to Albertans and to those with whom he served,” said Wanner.

Jim Prentice became 16th Premier of Alberta in September 2014. He also served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Foothills until May 2015.

“I’d also like to express deep sadness for all lives lost in this tragedy and my sincere sympathy to their loved ones,” said Wanner.

Related information

Jim Prentice Memorial webpage