Remembering Peter Lougheed: your thoughts on a political giant.
The former premier of Alberta has died. In his day, he presided over the transformation of the province he loved and left his mark on Canadian politics to this day.
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Today our program has a very straightforward objective: to open the lines and let Canadians have their say, and their goodbye, to one of the most remarkable people we have seen in modern public life.
Peter Lougheed, who passed away on Friday night, was an original figure in politics .. a man who left more than a mark on his region and his country. He was a player in many of its modern dramas, not the least of which was working a fundamental accomodation between the West and Ottawa. He was the figure who most pressed for an acknowledgement of a vibrant West in the modern age... as he was for very many the face of the West he championed.
He was also a man who brought to politics so many other qualities - that of restraint, thoughtfulness, an absence of the petty strokes and mischiefs that seem to make up all of politics today: He was mature, went to the heart of large issues ...a nd as many have remarked, combined the love of his home province with a passion for the greater country.
We often bewail how childish or small politics and politicians can be: well, Mr. Lougheed gave us a glimpse of another proposition: how fulfilling and dignifited a life in public service can be .. and he gave lessons on how to conduct such a life.
We'd like today - for you - mainly the listeners to offer your thoughts on Mr. Lougheed, to pass on a story or given an assessment of a remarkable Canadian, who just this week, at age 84, passed away.
Our question today: "What are your thoughts on the life and legacy of Peter Lougheed?"
I'm Rex Murphy ...on CBC Radio One ...and on Sirius satellite radio channel 159 ...this is Cross Country Checkup.
MP for 25 years, former cabinet minister and Deputy Prime Minister under Brian Mulroney.
- Joan Crockatt
Former managing editor Calgary Herald now Conservative Candidate for Calgary Centre.
Publisher Convivium magazine, former editor-in-chief of the Montreal Gazette, former editorial page editor of the Calgary Herald and legislature reporter for the Edmonton Sun during last years of Peter Lougheed's Premiership.
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