Cullen mourns sudden passing of “friend and colleague” Jim Prentice


OTTAWA – MP Nathan Cullen is sadly remembering former Conservative MP and Alberta Premier Jim Prentice today as a man of integrity and passion for public service that benefitted Canadians and Albertans from all walks of life.

“I am proud to have known Jim as both a friend and colleague for many years and am shocked at his tragic passing in a plane crash outside of Kelowna yesterday,” Cullen said from Parliament Hill this morning. 

“The grief and sadness is palpable in Ottawa today as members across parties come together to mourn the loss of a politician and man we all respected and admired.

“I will be reaching out to Jim’s wife Karen and their three daughters and two grandchildren to extend deepest condolences from Skeena-Bulkley Valley for their unimaginable loss, and to also thank Jim’s family for supporting him throughout his years of public service.”

Cullen noted Prentice’s Cabinet posts in the Conservative government put Prentice in close contact with many controversial issues in Skeena-Bulkley Valley, especially as Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Develpment, and Environment.

“I was always impressed and thankful for the respectful and collaborative approach Jim brought to the table,” Cullen said.  “He was a true example of the kind of politician we all want to represent us in elected office.”

Cullen says he particularly remembers Environment Minister Prentice’s visit to Haida Gwaii in 2010 to announce protection of 5,000 square kilometres for the newly designated Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.

Cullen and Prentice were both elected to the House of Commons in 2004. Prentice served in several senior Cabinet posts until leaving Ottawa in 2010 to take an executive banking position.

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