Edmonton Journal: Opposition MPs laud Peter Lougheed in House of Commons
September 17th, 2012 - 5:19pm
OTTAWA — Two MPs in the House of Commons paid tribute Monday to former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed as his body lay in state in the rotunda of the provincial legislature.
The MPS — one an Alberta New Democrat, the other a Saskatchewan Liberal — made their brief statements during the 15-minute period provided to MPs before question period to speak on a topic of their choice.
Although the governing Conservatives hold 25 of Alberta’s 28 seats, none of the province’s Tory MPs rose to offer laudatory remarks about the former Progressive Conservative premier.
“Mr. Speaker, this past week our nation lost a great Canadian,” New Democrat MP Linda Duncan, who represents Edmonton-Strathcona, told the House.
Duncan spoke of how Lougheed was remembered as a “formidable advocate” for provincial control of natural resources and for establishing a “stronger place” for Alberta in the federation.