Justin Trudeau: Jim Prentice Was A Kind, Respectful Man Of Conviction

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STANDOFF, Alta. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will remember former Alberta premier and former Conservative MP Jim Prentice as a man of deep convictions.

Trudeau says he was sad to learn Prentice died Thursday night in a plane crash north of Kelowna, B.C.

Three other people on the plane were also killed.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in Kananaskis, Alta. on April 25, 2016. (Photo: Jeff McIntosh/CP)

Trudeau told reporters during a stop in Standoff, Alta., today that he and Prentice didn't always share the same views.

But he says Prentice was always incredibly kind and respectful, and that he will miss him.

Trudeau says Prentice's legacy will live on in the work he did for Canadians, particularly his role in finalizing the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

Trudeau's full statement:

I was deeply saddened to learn that former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice was killed in a plane crash last night in British Columbia.

Jim Prentice brought his deep convictions to everything he turned his hand to, whether it was law, business, or politics. At each step of his career, he worked tirelessly for the people of Canada and Alberta – both as a federal minister in several different portfolios, and later, as Premier of the province.

He was broadly respected in the House of Commons – across all party lines – for his intelligence, commitment, and honest straightforward approach on tough issues. I greatly enjoyed the time I spent working closely beside Jim in the House, and know that he will be missed by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Today, we mourn the passing of a great Canadian. His legacy will live on in the work he did for Albertans and for all Canadians – particularly in the important role he played in finalizing the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement – and through his daughters, who he loved dearly and was incredibly proud of.

On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends and to the loved ones of all those who perished in this tragic accident.

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