In the news business, sometimes you do a story and hope you never have to do a similar one.
Just one of mine was thirty-two years ago, in October of 1984. I’d had a news-related experience with then NDP Leader Grant Notley that left me with a great deal of personal respect for the man.
It was sad for me to have to tell you that he had been killed in a plane crash.
Now, it’s the similar death of former Premier Jim Prentice that has people swallowing hard as they try to find the right words to describe how he touched their lives.
The word “kind” keeps coming up in tributes.
As well, we’re told how serious he was about the future of Alberta, and its children, and the environment and the needs of First Nations and more.
Ric McIver tells how, when he was running against Prentice for the party leadership, he ran some advertising that was very negative towards Prentice.
When the election was over, McIver says Prentice shook his hand and said, “Let’s work together. You want to serve Alberta? I’ll let you do that.”
Thank you for your service, Mr. Prentice.
My condolences to those who mourn.