passed away earlier this afternoon.
Premier Lougheed was recently named the most successful Canadian premier over the past four decades! Our Heritage Savings Trust Fund, contributions to Federal constitutional reforms, and strong municipal governments in Alberta are all a part of his legacy. And his battles over resource revenues with Pierre Trudeau were legendary, too!
He is being referred to as Mr. Alberta, a title he most certainly would be proud of.
Peter Lougheed was the one person who inspired me most to enter politics -- and I met him not long after I was first elected to village council back in 1979. He was one of the first who explained to me that municipal politics is "where it's at"! He asked me where else in politics do you make decisions affecting friends and neighbours who you may meet on the street a few minutes after making those decisions? Others have since mentioned that but I've always remembered that conversation throughout these years.
Thank you, Peter Lougheed.
My sincere condolences go to Peter Lougheed's family and many, many friends.