Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice has been killed in a plane crash.
Prentice is one of four people who died when a small plane crashed east of Kelowna Thursday night.
The Transportation Safety Board says the small twin-engine Cessna Prentice was on disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from Kelowna headed to Calgary.
After Alberta Premier Alison Redford resigned in 2014 over an expense scandal, Progressive Conservative Party officials began courting Prentice to step in as leader of the party and premier of Alberta.
The Progressive Conservatives lost the 2015 provincial election to Notley’s New Democrats and Prentice resigned as party leader, taking a job with the Washington-based Canada Institute at the Wilson Center in February 2016, where he worked as a visiting fellow.
Premier Brad Wall released a statement this morning responding to Prentice’s passing:
I enjoyed working with Jim Prentice when he was a key federal cabinet minister and then as Premier of our closest friend and neighbour, Alberta.
Tami and I express our deepest condolences to Jim’s family and friends and to all Albertans. This is a deep loss for all of Canada.