The Canadian political world was rocked Friday after news broke of Jim Prentice's death in a plane crash.
Prentice, the former Alberta premier, was one of four people who died after an aircraft crashed near Kelowna, B.C. on Thursday night.
The flight was en route to the Springbank airport outside Calgary.
Prior to leading the Alberta Progressive Conservatives, the 60-year-old father and grandfather served as a Tory MP for Calgary Centre-North from 2004 to 2010.
Tributes for Prentice poured in from politicians of all stripes after news of his death:
Laureen and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Jim Prentice. pic.twitter.com/NgABNhzTBM— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) October 14, 2016
I'm shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Prentice. He devoted his life to Canada. Our thoughts are with his family.— Michael Chong (@MichaelChongMP) October 14, 2016
Devastating news about Jim Prentice. He was a deeply honourable man and devoted public servant. So so sad.— Senator Linda Frum (@LindaFrum) October 14, 2016
Saddened to learn of the death of former Alberta Premier & federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice. My statement below: pic.twitter.com/WJuXHeuEs4— John Tory (@JohnTory) October 14, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to Prentice's family, describing him as someone who worked "tirelessly for the people of Canada and Alberta."
"Today, we mourn the passing of a great Canadian," Trudeau said.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark released a statement saying Prentice was a man of his word whose "handshake was worth more than any written agreement."
"Jim had a remarkable and distinguished career, but I think he took the most pride in being a husband, father, and grandfather. My thoughts are with Jim's family," she wrote.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called Prentice an "ardent Albertan":
Ardent Albertan; patriotic Canadian; devoted public servant & loving father. My heart goes out to Jim Prentice’s family today. Such a loss.— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) October 14, 2016
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Jim Prentice - great loss of a good man— Brad Trost (@BradTrostCPC) October 14, 2016
Shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Hon. Jim Prentice. Thoughts & prayers to the Prentice family and all #Albertans— James Aylward (@jsjaylward) October 14, 2016
Thinking of and praying for the many, many friends and family who loved Jim Prentice dearly. Those who knew him the best loved him the most.— Mark Strahl, MP (@markstrahl) October 14, 2016
Just heard that Jim Prentice has died along with 3 others after a private plane crash outside of #Kelowna. My condolences to their families.— Dan Albas (@DanAlbas) October 14, 2016
Tragic news about @JimPrentice this morning - my thoughts are with his family today.— John Aldag (@jwaldag) October 14, 2016
Conservative MP Andrew Scheer said it was an "honour" to be his colleague:
I am deeply saddened to hear the news about Jim Prentice. He was a devoted public servant and it was an honour to serve with him.— Andrew Scheer (@andrewscheer) October 14, 2016
It’s terrible to hear about the loss of Jim Prentice. I express my sincerest sympathy to his family.— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) October 14, 2016
Sarah & I recall hosting Jim Prentice to our home 4 dinner. Next day he sent flowers with kind words, thanks. Such thoughtfulness. #cdnpoli— Jeff Watson Essex (@JeffWatsonEssex) October 14, 2016
NDP MP Charlie Angus also shared his condolences to Prentice's family:
Deep condolences to family of Jim Prentice who was lost in a plane crash. I had great respect for him. We shared roots in Timmins and hockey— Charlie Angus NDP (@CharlieAngusNDP) October 14, 2016
Deeply saddened to learn of Jim Prentice's passing. He was a great public servant. Condolences to his family and friends.— Navdeep Bains (@NavdeepSBains) October 14, 2016
Very sorry to hear about the passing of former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.— Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) October 14, 2016
Prentice left politics after the PC government toppled by the NDP last year. He took a job with global private equity firm Warburg Pincus in June.
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