Former Premier Jim Prentice killed in plane crash

Lacombe City officials have expressed their condolences in the wake of the tragedy

  • Oct. 14, 2016 6:00 p.m.

BY ERIN FAWCETT

Lacombe Express

Former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice was one of four killed in a plane crash near Kelowna on Thursday evening.

Officials have said the plane, which is described as a twin-engine Cessna Citation, disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff from Kelowna. The plane was headed to the Springbank Airport near Calgary.

Prentice, 60, served as Alberta’s premier from September 2014 to May 2015 when the PCs lost the provincial election to the Alberta NDP.

Prentice had served as MP for Calgary Centre-North from 2004 to 2010. Following his resignation from federal politics, Prentice joined provincial politics becoming MLA for the Calgary-Foothills riding a post he resigned from following his defeat in the provincial election.

Condolences from Albertans and government officials continue to pour in this afternoon including from the City’s Mayor Steve Christie.

“On behalf of City council, I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Jim Prentice, former Alberta premier and a former federal cabinet minister. Mr. Prentice was a widely respected public servant who served both Alberta and Canada with honour and respect. He will be missed,” said Christie. “The residents of Lacombe join all Albertans and Canadians in offering our most sincere condolences to his wife Karen and his family at this difficult time.”

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