Passing of the Hon. Jim Prentice, PC

The sudden and tragic death of Jim Prentice was a shock. Events such as this are a sad reminder of how fragile life truly is – and how uncertain our future can be. 

My prayers and thoughts are with Jim’s wife Karen, his three daughters Christina, Cassia and Kate and his two grandchildren. We as Canadians benefited from them sharing Jim with us. 

Jim was a gentleman giant in the Conservative family. He was a leader in the conservative movement, accomplished both as a politician and a businessman. 

While I was not elected during his tenure as the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, the Minister of Industry, the Minister of Western Economic Diversification or the Minister of the Environment, I have heard many stories and memories from my colleagues across the political spectrum attesting to the impeccable moral character, generosity and good nature of Jim. 

A fierce advocate for Alberta, a more inclusive Canada, and the power of a united Conservative movement, Jim Prentice will leave a legacy as a key architect of the Conservative Party and a devoted servant of the people of Canada. 

He will be missed.