Canadian politician Jim Prentice and three others were killed when their plane went down in British Columbia, authorities confirmed Friday.
Sixty-year-old Prentice was returning to his home in Calgary from a golfing trip with friends when their twin-engine Cessna Citation crashed late Thursday night, NBC News reports. None of the plane’s four passengers survived the crash.
The former premier of Alberta and government minister was a Conservative who crossed party lines in 2005 to support same-sex marriage. He was also a married father of three, with two granddaughters.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement Friday, calling Prentice a “great Canadian.”
“He was broadly respected in the House of Commons across all party lines, for his intelligence, commitment and honest straightforward approach on tough issues,” Trudeau said.