Seaman isn’t the only influencer the province has lost recently. In September 2012, former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed passed away at the age of 84. Lougheed was one of the province’s greatest leaders, often described as Alberta’s champion. He founded the Progressive Conservative dynasty that still exists to this day, and helped build Alberta’s oil wealth by raising royalties in the early 1970s. Even after he left office, Lougheed continued to be active in the business community, serving on numerous boards, and often spoke out on political and energy issues. Upon his death, Lougheed’s body lay in state at the legislature, making him the only premier to ever receive that honour.
Peter Lougheed: Enduring Influence 2013
Takeaway: Peter Lougheed was one of the province’s greatest leaders.