Former Premier Jim Prentice dies in BC plane crash
Former Alberta Premier, Jim Prentice, perished in an airplane crash in B.C. Thursday night.
Four people died in a crash just outside of Kelowna. The twin-engine Cessna was en route to Springbank Airport. The Transportation Safety Board described the crash as “unsurvivable.”
Passionate about politics, Prentice was through Drumheller and visited the offices of on a couple occasions, when running for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party and also when he ran in the 2015 provincial election.
While he had made a career in law and politics as an MP serving as a cabinet minister under Stephen Harper before becoming an MLA and Premier, he would talk candidly about his mining roots. His father was a miner, and Prentice, as a student, would return to the Crowsnest Pass during the summer and work in the mines.
MP for Battle River-Crow-
foot constituency Kevin Sorenson has fond memories of Prentice.
"Jim was a colleague, a friend, and an Albertan," said Sorenson. "In the House today (Monday), people from all parties are recognizing that he was a true gentleman who the love of his country and province was his passion."
He said he recalls when they served together - every Wednesday the Alberta caucus would meet to discuss issues.
"Jim was a very vocal member of parliament that understood what Alberta was dealing with," said Sorenson.
It wasn’t surprising for Sorenson to see Prentice enter provincial politics.
"His desire to see Alberta take the lead was strong. He believed in conservative values of hard work and lowering taxes," he said.
When he wasn’t talking about policy, he was talking about family.
His family was of primary importance as well, he would talk about his daughters all the time,” said Sorenson. Prentice was 60-years-old. “He was an important part of the team when he was here in our cabinet, and now he is sorely missed on a personal level,” said Sorenson.
Jim was a very vocal member of parliament that understood what Alberta was dealing with." Kevin Sorenson
Yavis Family Restaurant owner Mike Yavis, left, speaks with Jim Prentice when the former premier campaigned in Drumheller prior to the spring 2015 provincial election.