11/25/2015 11:44 EST | Updated 11/25/2016 00:12 EST

Alberta politicians laugh through tears remembering stories of Manmeet Bhullar

EDMONTON — Alberta politicians laughed through their tears as Progressive Conservative leader Ric McIver recounted stories about his colleague Manmeet Bhullar at the legislature today.

McIver says Bhullar, who was 35, loved to joke with fellow MLA Sandra Jansen that he grew up watching her as a TV anchor, and in caucus often asked her to sing her station's promotional jingle.

He says Bhullar — who sported a thick, black beard — would tease caucus mate Richard Starke that his moustache couldn't match Bhullar's facial hair at age 12.

All party leaders paid tribute in the house to Bhullar, the member for Calgary Greenway who was killed on Monday in a traffic accident.

Many dabbed their eyes with tissues or fought back tears.

Premier Rachel Notley told the house that Bhullar will be remembered as a man of powerful compassion fuelled by his faith.