Michael Den Tandt: Jim Prentice's style of quiet competence increasingly rare in modern politics

It’s difficult to reflect on the legacy of former federal minister, Alberta premier and mensch Jim Prentice, whose death in a plane crash Thursday has shocked and saddened all who knew him, without also giving some thought to the state of the culture he left behind when he quit politics in May of 2015.
For our politics, too commonly, is everything Prentice wasn’t – angry, doctrinaire, insulting, unthinking, disrespectful, callow, obsessed with partisan division, hostile to nuance – and not just in the United States, and not just because of Donald Trump.
The disease is well advanced in Canada, though we enjoy imagining otherwise. Prentice’s own career, and the manner of its ending, give evidence of this. His last campaign, in which he was defeated in a landslide by New Democrat Rachel Notley, was typical of the man – abjuring extremes, grounded in difficult compromise, quietly confident in the persuasive power …
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