Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:16:14 GMT
Canadian Obituaries 2012

Peter Lougheed, 1971-1985



Clockwise from left: Peter Lougheed speaks during his induction into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala in Montreal, April 23, 2010; Lougheed chats with Alberta Premier Alison Redford, in Calgary, Alta., June 6, 2012; a woman pays her respects at Lougheed’s casket when he laid in state at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton Sept. 17, 2012. (© Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press, Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters)
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  • Clockwise from left: Peter Lougheed speaks during his induction into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala in Montreal, April 23, 2010; Lougheed chats with Alberta Premier Alison Redford, in Calgary, Alta., June 6, 2012; a woman pays her respects at Lougheed’s casket when he laid in state at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton Sept. 17, 2012. (© Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press, Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters)
  • Solicitor General Robert Kaplan talks with reporters outside the House of Commons in Ottawa on Oct. 14, 1980. (© Peter Bregg/The Canadian Press)
  • James Coyne, 102, died Oct. 12 (© The Canadian Press)
  • Former Winnipeg coach Cal Murphy (© Dave Buston/The Canadian Press)
  • In the image above, Burke holds her gold metal after winning the Women's Superpipe event at Winter X Games 13 at Buttermilk Ski Area, near Aspen, Colo. (© AP Photo/Nathan Bilow, File)
  • Herb Carnegie, 92, died March 9. (© Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press)
  • Nik Zoricic, a skicross racer, died of head injuries sustained after he crashed during a race in Switzerland. (© Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
  • Barbara Ann Scott (© Reuters)
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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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