On Thursday morning, British Columbia RCMP confirmed that four people died in a small plane crash near Kelowna, including former Alberta premier Jim Prentice.
Leaders around the region and country are weighing in with their thoughts:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement
“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, and 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 finalizing the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement – and through his daughters, who he loved dearly and was incredibly proud of.”
Premier Rachel Notley’s statement
“There are no words adequate for moments like this, as my family knows very well. But there are words to remember Premier Prentice’s contributions to Alberta. He served our province in so many roles for so many years. He deeply loved Alberta. He worked tirelessly for all of us, in the true spirit of one who is committed to public service. I benefited from his advice, and the Government of Alberta is continuing to pursue many of his initiatives. All Albertans are better for this.
“This tragedy was made worse by the death on the same flight of Premier Prentice’s good friend, and father of his son-in-law, Dr. Ken Gellatly. Our thoughts are also with Premier Prentice’s friends and colleagues. For Alberta, today is a day of sorrow in the face of terrible tragedy. To all Albertans, I urge you to look at the faces of those we love and remember that every moment with them is a precious gift.”
Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s statement
“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 these lives is devastating. 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.”
BC Premier Christy Clark
“Like many Canadians, I was shocked to hear the news about Jim Prentice. This is a terrible loss for our country… Simply by being himself, Jim Prentice elevated political discourse in this country with his dignity, kindness, and focus. Jim devoted his life to making Canada better – and he succeeded.”
The news has devastated Canadians, who have taken to social media to express their thoughts. The Alberta Government has also set up a page where you can share your condolences with the Prentice family.
Incredibly sad. Thinking of Karen and the girls and the memory of our friend and Canada’s friend, Jim Prentice. pic.twitter.com/7Lnc1pLMYY
— Monte Solberg (@montesolberg) October 14, 2016
My deepest sympathies go out to Jim Prentice’s family. We all bear the loss.
— Tony Clement (@TonyclementCPC) October 14, 2016
Saddened to hear about the passing of former premier and alumnus Jim Prentice. Our condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/6drkEiepJM
— UniversityofAlberta (@UAlberta) October 14, 2016
— U Calgary (@UCalgary) October 14, 2016
Words cannot express my sadness today at the loss of my friend, former Premier, Jim Prentice who cared deeply about Alberta. Hugs to Karen.
— Heather Klimchuk (@HeatherKlimchuk) October 14, 2016
My family’s and my deepest condolences go out to Jim Prentice’s wife, children and loved ones. Today, all Albertans are united in grief.
— Thomas A. Lukaszuk (@LukaszukAB) October 14, 2016
— John Baird (@Baird) October 14, 2016
Deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of the passing of former Premier @JimPrentice. A friend, who served the people of Canada and AB well
— Calgary Chamber (@CalgaryChamber) October 14, 2016
Devastating news about Jim Prentice. He devoted his life to public service. My thoughts are with his family and colleagues #ableg
— Greg Clark (@GregClark4AB) October 14, 2016
Thank you Premier Jim Prentice for your lifelong commitment to public service. My heart goes to Karen, their daughters, friends & family.
— Druh Farrell (@DruhFarrell) October 14, 2016
— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) October 14, 2016
Laureen and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Jim Prentice. pic.twitter.com/rTECHseC9Q
— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) October 14, 2016
Ardent Albertan; patriotic Canadian; devoted public servant & loving father. My heart goes out to Jim Prentice’s family today. Such a loss.
— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) October 14, 2016
Very sad to hear of the death of Jim Prentice. His devotion to public service was admired by many. Including me. #RIP
— Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) October 14, 2016
Deeply saddened to learn of Jim Prentice’s passing. He was a great public servant. Condolences to his family and friends.
— Navdeep Bains (@NavdeepSBains) October 14, 2016
My heart is broken for my friend Karen Prentice. Jim was an incredible person, had encyclopedic knowledge and desire to make things better.
— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) October 14, 2016