Former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has been remembered at a state funeral.
Speakers included Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell, Premier Rachel Notley, former prime minister Stephen Harper, and one of Prentice’s daughters Cassia Prentice.
“He always had that ability to see the very best in people around him,” Mitchell said. “He moved through life with sincere gratitude for the many blessing that he had been given, and with a very deep appreciation of the gifts and contributions of others.”
Notley told mourners that Albertans are grateful for Prentice’s many years of public service.
“The people of Alberta have much to be grateful for from the public service of premier Prentice,” Notley said. “I’m grateful for the friendly, thoughtful advice he shared with me as I succeeded him as Premier.”
Sharing memories of her father, Cassia Prentice acknowledged the relationship Jim had with many across the country, but especially his family.
“My father was so much to so many, and he was absolutely everything to our family,” Cassia said.
Prentice was a member of Stephen Harper’s Conservative beginning from May 2004 to November 2010. Harper remembered Prentice as someone so capable he could be given the toughest jobs.
“Jim was easily one of the most capable. Always thoroughly briefed on every matter that came before us, never afraid to express a contrary view, yet never in a way unpleasant to his colleagues,” Harper said. “Dedicated, knowledgeable and respected.”
Prentice died in an Oct. 13 plane crash outside of Kelowna, which also killed pilot Jim Kruk, Calgary optometrist Dr. Ken Gellatly and businessman Sheldon Reid.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said the jet departed Kelowna International Airport on the evening of Oct. 13. It was travelling to an airport right outside of Calgary when it went down just outside of Kelowna. The wreckage was found early the next day near Winfield, about 18 kilometres north of Kelowna. The TSB has said its investigation could take up to a year to complete. (kb/bw)