On Thursday night, a small plane crashed near Kelowna, British Columbia, killing four people, including former Alberta premier Jim Prentice.
Canadians around the country have taken to social media expressing their sadness, and Prentice’s family has released a statement:
Words cannot begin to express our profound shock and heartbreak at the news that our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Jim, has died in this tragic event.
In addition, another member of our family was also on the plane, Ken Gellatly, the father-in-law of one of our daughters, also a very special man.
To lose two family members at once is unbelievably painful and we are certain you will appreciate and respect our wishes for privacy at this time and the coming weeks.
We are also thinking of the other families who have been affected by this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with them.
In the time Jim has been with us, he was a friend to many. Jim was a loving and compassionate man who dedicated his life to his family and public service. He will be so greatly missed.
We are certainly appreciative of your condolences and prayers at this terrible time.