Former Alberta Premier and longtime cabinet minister Jim Prentice was one of four people killed when a small plane bound for Alberta crashed in a remote area of B.C.'s Okanagan. Prentice was photographed at a farm south of Cardston in April 2015, as part of his campaign tour for re-election.
While Prentice's political colleagues have confirmed his death through outpourings, the authorities are taking a cautious approach, leaving the identities of the other three passengers a mystery.
The news of the sudden and unexpected death of former Alberta premier and Calgary MP Jim Prentice sent shockwaves and heartbreak throughout the province and region Friday, including here in Innisfail.
"We would like to have this investigation completed within one year", she said. "All Albertans are the better for this".
Prentice, who served as federal environment minister from October 30, 2008, to November 4, 2010, was also hailed for rejecting Taseko Mine's proposed Prosperity gold and copper mine which threatened Fish Lake, which was sacred to the Tsilhqot'in nation in British Columbia.
But he says Prentice was always incredibly kind and respectful, and that he will miss him.
Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice, who was the first Indian affairs minister in Stephen Harper's government, is remembered as a "straight shooter" who wanted to "get things done" for First Nation people, according to a Manitoba grand chief.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in Kananaskis, Alta. on April 25, 2016. The time I spent working beside him, across from him in the House. "He trusted their advice, I trust their advice". He once called Prentice the chief operating officer of Canada's government.
"It is a huge loss to the country", she said in a statement.
Lethbridge East MLA Maria Fitzpatrick praised Prentice's spirit of public service. "We witnessed Jim's dedication to a life of public service, with deep admiration and respect", reads the statement.
The mayor ordered flags be lowered to half-mast at city hall and other civic locations. His tenure at the ministry was marked by confrontations with opposition parties and activists over the implementation of the Kelowna Accord, which promised $5-billion over five years to tackle First Nations poverty. "His heart was in it, and he knew what he was doing".
1986 - Makes unsuccessful run for provincial seat in Calgary Mountain View. "Alberta is serious about doing its part".
One instance of Prentice's character that stood out to Cannan was when the then industry minister was visiting Kelowna for business, and they'd taken time out to play a game of golf.