Jim Prentice, the former Alberta premier and federal cabinet minister, was remembered during a state memorial Friday as a skilled politician, a loving family man and a dedicated servant to the people of Canada.
Master of ceremonies Jason Hatcher, a close friend who worked with Prentice early in his political career, said the gathering was to pay tribute to all of Prentice’s life.
“Today we are not here to remember a politician but rather a great person, a great Albertan, a great Canadian,” he said.
“Jim was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a mentor.”
The 2,500-seat Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary hosted the service, which began with a recognition that it was being held on traditional land of Treaty 7 First Nations and with an Aboriginal honour song, performed by the Black Otter Singers.
Former prime minister Stephen Harper, who was among numerous …