Canada: Former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed dies at 84

Canada: Former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed dies at 84

Calgary : Canada | Sep 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM PDT
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Peter Lougheed July 26th, 1928 to September 13th, 2012

Former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed has died at the age of 84. He died in the hospital that bears his name in Calgary.

Peter Lougheed became Premier of Alberta in 1971, after his Progressive Conservative Party unseated the Social Credit Dynasty, which had governed Alberta for 35 years. Lougheed's party won the election in 1971, takeing 49 of the 75 seats. Lougheed remained Premier until 1985. The party has been in power in Alberta ever since 1971 and is led today by Alison Redford.

According to the National Post, Peter Lougheed was suffering from heart problems and was hospitalized earlier this week.

He was hailed by friends an foes alike and never discussed policy during his door to door campaigns.

“Peter Lougheed is a Canadian treasure. He has our love and our prayers,” Edmonton MP Rona Ambrose said on Twitter. Source: National Post

On June 6th, Lougheed made his last public appearance, when he was named Canada's greatest premier in the past 40 years.

He remained politically active and never failed to remind progressive conservatives that they must stay in touch with the people. He actively supported Alison Redford during the Alberta election this spring.

Lougheed is the grandson of Sir Alexander Lougheed. He received his BA degree in 1950 an his LL.B in 1952 from the University Alberta. He was a professional football player for the Edmonton Eskimos for two seasons (1949 and 1950). In 1954 he received his MBA from Harvard.

During his time as Premier he is best known for developing the gas an oil industry and establishing Alberta's Heritage fund. The fund ensured that the development of resources would be of long time benefit to Albertans.

He battled with Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau over the "National Energy Program." Lougheed and Trudeau eventually worked out a revenue sharing deal.

For those of us living in Alberta during his tenure, he instilled pride in being an Albertan. He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife Jeanne and their four children.

May he rest in peace.

Statement from the Family of The Honourable E. Peter Lougheed, PC, CC, AOE, QC

September 13, 2012

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

It is with great sadness that the family of The Honourable E. Peter Lougheed, the tenth Premier of the Province of Alberta, announce that he passed away peacefully today from natural causes in Calgary, Alberta. He was 84 years of age.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper Statement

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.

A master politician, gifted lawyer, professional-calibre athlete and philanthropist, the former premier was instrumental in laying the foundation for the robust economic success that his cherished province of Alberta enjoys today.

He was a driving force behind the province’s economic diversification, of it having more control of its natural resources and their development, of Alberta playing a greater role in federation and of improving the province’s health, research and recreational facilities. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Canadian Encyclopedia.

Mr. Lougheed did all of these things for his province while also working tirelessly towards a strong and united Canada.

It is fitting that Mr. Lougheed’s dedication, integrity and ability to generate results for this country have been so widely recognized – from being appointed as a member of the Privy Council of Canada to being inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, from being appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada to being made an Honorary Chief of both the Cree First Nations and the Blood Tribe to name but a few. In June he was named Canada’s greatest premier of the past 40 years based on a survey by the Institute for Research and Public Policy -- a title he richly deserves.

Today we mourn the loss of an exceptional leader, a true Canadian and a trail blazing Albertan. And yet his legacy will live on in the institutions that he pioneered which continue to generate benefits for the people of Alberta and the people of Canada.

Alison Redford, Premier of Alberta Statement

"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," Redford said.

"He created a direction for Alberta that we can all be proud of today. His forward-thinking, progressive vision gave us the tools to succeed today and helped to propel Alberta into a leadership role in Canada."

Favourite Quotes by Peter Lougheed Source: Huff Post Alberta

  • "My whole life, 365 days a year, was team sports and I found anything in my public life we really accomplished that was worthwhile we accomplished as a team."
  • "I chose provincial politics because I thought that's where the action was and you could get a lot more done"
  • "Our whole approach as a political party was to talk not so much negatively, but we wanted to talk about the future of the province and we wanted to talk positively."
  • "We got Albertans to think as Canadians. We didn't think of ourselves as just provincial, we thought of ourselves nationally and we contributed nationally - not just in public life and in government but we contributed in a multitude of other ways - the arts and culture and sports, in writing and business and science. All of those were contributions by Albertans into Canada."
  • "Because we had the resource revenues (we were able to) save those resource revenues for the future and create the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund."
  • "I'm a community person, I think in terms of community before individual. That's the essence of Albertans and to a large extent that's the essence of Canadians as well."
  • "I think it's important Albertans know the battles that we had in terms of the jurisdictional battles over the control of energy resources and secondly that we have a government that reflects the various provinces and differences and strengths of the provinces."

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