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Canadian Politician Jim Prentice, 3 Others Die in Plane Crash

The former premier of Alberta was returning to his home in Calgary from a golfing trip

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    Canadian politician Jim Prentice gestures during his keynote address at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., in this Feb. 4, 2015 file photo.

    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.

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    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.