In an era of partisan politics and petulant behavior by too many of our elected officials, Jim Prentice was one of the good ones.
Prentice was a Conservative , a member of Stephen Harper’s government and later, when he left federal politics , he became Premier of Alberta.
His short time as Premier and the ultimate fall of the Conservatives in Alberta had a lot more to do with the changing political dynamic in Alberta than it did with Prentice’s political abilities.
His death last week, in a plane crash, was a tragic loss not only to his family and friends , but to Canada as well.
Prentice was a lawyer by trade before he entered politics, and he used his legal pedigree to craft and enact groundbreaking and progressive legislation on key environmental and aboriginal issues that frankly, many of his fellow Conservatives seemed to avoid.
Politics in Ottawa has devolved into a troubling exercise of mud slinging and attack ads , but Prentice was one of the few who rose above the egregious behavior and was respected by his peers of all political stripes.
In a time when too many politicians and would-be politicians display the worst in human behavior, we mourn the loss of a class act and a true public servant.