Reports: Ex-Alberta premier Prentice dies in plane crash

TORONTO (AP) — Four people have died in the crash of a small plane in southern British Columbia. There are unconfirmed reports former Alberta Premier and ex-federal minister Jim Prentice was among those killed.

Federal lawmakers Michael Chong and Andrew Scheer, both candidates for the federal Conservative leadership, tweeted they were saddened to learn of the passing of their former colleague. Chong said Prentice devoted his life to Canada.

Prentice was among former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s most trusted cabinet ministers. He served as the industry minister, environment minister and minister of Indian and northern affairs. He later left federal politics for provincial politics and became premier of Alberta in 2014. His party was defeated a year later in elections and returned to business.

Current Alberta Premier Rachel Notley cancelled an afternoon event and is expected to talk later Friday.

A team of investigators from the board was on its way to the scene of the crash near Kelowna, British Columbia.

Board spokesman Bill Yearwood said a Cessna Citation aircraft with four people on board went down at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday after taking off from Kelowna on a flight to Springbank, outside Calgary.

Yearwood did not have information about the names or hometowns of those aboard the small jet, or what might have caused the crash.

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