EDMONTON - This is how politicians throughout Canada remembered former Premier Peter Lougheed the day after his passing. "Today Canada lost a truly great man ... A master politician, gifted lawyer, professional-calibre athlete and philanthropist, the former premier was instrumental in laying the foundation for the robust economic success that his cherished province of Alberta enjoys today." — Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
"Beyond all his professional successes, Premier Lougheed was someone admired and respected on a personal level as well. He was a kind and compassionate man who never lost his ability to inspire and motivate those around him." — Alberta Premier Alison Redford.
"On a personal level we will remember Mr. Lougheed as a man of great personal integrity, who treated others with great compassion and who had an unwavering commitment of service to the people of Alberta." — Alberta Opposition Leader Danielle Smith. Lougheed campaigned for Smith's rival, Redford, in the last provincial election.
"I, like every Albertan of my generation, am a Lougheed baby. I was born the year after he was first elected, and I have never known an Alberta or a Canada that did not benefit from his legacy." — Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
"I watched his performances and they were outstanding because he understood that, in Canada, we built this country by a policy of inclusivity. That you can be both a good Albertan and a good Canadian. That the choice doesn't come down to being a good Canadian or a good Albertan." — Roy Romanow, former premier of Saskatchewan on Lougheed during the debates around the constitution.
"We were known to have differences of opinion on occasion, but I never questioned his integrity or his motivation." — Bill Davis, former premier of Ontario, who sparred with Lougheed around the negotiating table.
"Peter Lougheed was a man of vision, integrity, and heart." — Liberal MP Justin Trudeau. His father, as prime minister, was one of Lougheed's chief rivals.
"I think he will go down as one of the most respected of Alberta’s premiers, whether you agreed with all of his policies or not." — Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning. His father, Ernest, was the Social Credit premier of Alberta when Lougheed was first elected as a member of the provincial legislature.
"Although he was known to many for his contributions to Alberta and to Canada, his first dedication was to his family. He was a deeply caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. We will miss him terribly." — Lougheed family, in a statement.
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