Nobody was more successful as a politician, more tenacious in defence of the province or more visionary in industrializing and managing Alberta’s resources and potential. Canny, determined and cosmopolitan, he modernized an insular province and made it a player on the national political stage and in the global oil economy.
A Red Tory, he led a socially conservative electorate through boom and bust, and created a political and social legacy that transcended politics. Earlier this year, Policy Options magazine voted him the best Canadian premier of the past 40 years.
He died Thursday in Calgary. He was 84.
Peter Lougheed, Mr. Alberta, dies at age 84 - The Globe and Mail