B.C. Premier Christy Clark is paying tribute to deceased former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed, calling him a "renaissance man" who helped transform Alberta into an economic powerhouse.

Clark released a statement with some kind words for the former premier who died in hospital Thursday evening.

Clark's statement is attached below:

"Today Canada lost a true renaissance man - a leader with vision and passion, and an undeniable legacy.

"His work to develop oil and gas resources in his province not only transformed Alberta into an economic powerhouse, it has led to prosperity for all Canadians. As one of the greatest premiers he fiercely defended his province's interests while helping build a country.

"He will forever be remembered for the creation of the Heritage Fund, however his influence was far greater. His inspired leadership laid the foundation for western Canada's influence in Ottawa today.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight as we mourn the loss of a true Canadian treasure."

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  • <strong>On being named Canada's best premier by Policy Options magazine poll: </strong> "The attribute that really pays off is listening ability. Both listen to the people that are involved with you working in the Office of the Premier, listening to the media...listening to your party and the general public."

  • "My whole life, 365 days a year, was team sports and I found anything in my public life we really accomplished that was worthwhile we accomplished as a team."

  • "I chose provincial politics because I though that's where the action was and you could get a lot more done"

  • "Our whole approach as a political party was to talk not-so-much negatively, but we wanted to talk about the future of the province and we wanted to talk postively."

  • "We got Albertans to think as Canadians. We didn't think of ourselves as just provincial, we thought of ourselves nationally and we contributed nationally - not just in public life and in government but we contributed in a multitude of other ways - the arts and culture and sports, in writing and business and science. All of those were contributions by Albertans into Canada."

  • "Because we had the resource revenues (we were able to) save those resource revenues for the future and create the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund."

  • "I'm a community person, I think in terms of community before individual. That's the essence of Albertans and to a large extent that's the essence of Canadians as well."

  • "I think it's important Albertans know the battles that we had in terms of the jurisdictional battles over the control of energy resources and secondly that we have a government that reflects the various provinces and differences and strengths of the provinces."