Peter Lougheed, 1971-1985
Peter Lougheed died at age 84 on Sept. 13, 2012 of natural causes in the hospital that bears his name in Calgary. Lougheed was the premier of Alberta from 1971 to 1985. As leader of the Progressive Conservatives, he ended 35 years of Social Credit rule in Alberta when he became premier. In three subsequent elections under Lougheed, the PCs always increased their share of the popular vote and their majority in the legislature, winning 75 of 79 seats in 1982. As premier, Lougheed pushed for a stronger provincial role in national affairs, chiefly the control of revenue from natural resources. Those beliefs led to memorable conflicts with former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, over energy policy and during the constitutional talks of the early 1980s.
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