“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Peter Lougheed.”
“Today Canada lost a truly great man. Peter Lougheed was quite simply one of the most remarkable Canadians of his generation.”
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper
“I am deeply saddened by the death of my dear friend and mentor, Peter Lougheed. He was a powerful inspiration to me. He was a role model and mentor for me both personally and professionally since I first met him many years ago.
“Premier Lougheed was unquestionably devoted to Alberta and Alberta’s interests. He not only believed in a strong and united Canada, he believed that Alberta did not have to succeed at the expense of Canada, but as a proud member of a country working together – a country where all succeeded.
“He created a direction for Alberta that we can all be proud of today. Premier Lougheed had incredible vision which allowed for economic development of the oil sands, the creation of the Heritage Savings Trust Fund and for the ongoing development of Alberta’s arts and cultural industries, just to name a few. His forward-thinking, progressive vision gave us the tools to succeed today and helped to propel Alberta into a leadership role in Canada.”
- Alberta Premier Alison Redford
I, like every Albertan of my generation, am a Lougheed baby. I was born the year after he was first elected, and I have never known an Alberta or a Canada that did not benefit from his legacy. We owe him so much: our strong industries; our magnetic cities; our sense of identity within Canada.
He represented the Alberta that drew so many (my parents included) to live and work and thrive here. With him, we became greater as Albertans and as Canadians. On behalf of all the people of Calgary, I express my heartfelt sorrow to Jeanne and the entire Lougheed family. He will be dearly missed by all.
Remember the line from Christopher Wren’s epitaph: “If you seek his monument – look around you.”
- Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi
“We have lost a one-of-a-kind leader and greatly admired provincial champion. Peter Lougheed was one of the greatest premiers Canada has ever seen. He transformed the province of Alberta and made it a powerful player in Confederation. All Albertans today benefit from the investments his government made in post secondary education, research and healthcare. He will be greatly missed.”
- University of Calgary president, Elizabeth Cannon
“Overall, I think he goes down in my books as one of the giants of Canadian history.”
“He always had foremost in his mind the development of Alberta, but also the development of Canada, because he saw the two going side by side. He really, really was an exceptional human being, a warm human being – just an exceptional Canadian.”
- Former Saskatchewan premier, Roy Romanow
“Peter Lougheed was a man of vision, integrity, and heart.”
- Liberal MP Justin Trudeau. His father, as prime minister, was one of Lougheed’s chief rivals.
“I think he will go down as one of the most respected of Alberta’s premiers, whether you agreed with all of his policies or not.”
- Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning. His father, Ernest, was the Social Credit premier of Alberta when Lougheed was first elected as a member of the provincial legislature.
With files from the Canadian Press
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