Trudeau and other Canadians offer condolences to family of George H.W. Bush
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018 9:06AM EST
Last Updated Saturday, December 1, 2018 1:44PM EST
Canadian politicians past and present are offering their condolences following the death of George H. W. Bush, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying the former U.S. president's commitment to his country was clear.
"His exemplary spirit of service and commitment to country would mark each of his roles -- including in Congress, as ambassador to the United Nations, as head of the Central Intelligence Agency, and in the White House," Trudeau said of the former president in a written statement.
Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, died on Friday night at the age of 94 -- just eight months after the death of his wife Barbara Bush.
"President Bush was a dedicated and thoughtful leader who stuck by his convictions and values," Trudeau said. "He did much to strengthen relations between our two countries, championing the North American Free Trade Agreement and initiatives like the fight against acid rain."
The country's Conservatives have also offered up their sympathies for the late president. Former prime minister Brian Mulroney, whose nine years in power overlapped with Bush's four, said in a written statement that he and his wife share in the Bush family's grief.
"President Bush had become one of those statesmen about whom history's judgement rises every year. It was my privilege to have worked with him on an array of world-changing policy achievements," Mulroney said, listing German re-unification and NAFTA as examples.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer issued a statement commending Bush as a "friend to Canada."
"He was truly a gentleman of American politics and one of the world's most principled defenders of freedom and democracy," Scheer said.
Former prime minister Stephen Harper tweeted that Bush was "a conservative leader and deeply devoted family man" who leaves behind an incredible legacy.
Some of Canada's Conservative premiers also tweeted their condolences.
"We Canadians will remember his friendship and generous spirit," Ontario Premier Doug Ford tweeted. "May he rest in peace."
Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe wrote that Bush was "a humble, well-respected political figure while serving and through his many years post-presidency."
George H. W. Bush’s exemplary service and deep commitment to his country informed everything he accomplished over his decades in public life. Sophie and I offer our condolences to his family and the American people on his passing.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 1, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bush family. A war hero, George Bush will be remembered for his over 40 years of service to country, as a pilot, diplomat, vice-president and president. We Canadians will remember his friendship and generous spirit. May he rest in peace. https://t.co/HwQZdalNn2— Doug Ford (@fordnation) December 1, 2018
Saskatchewan’s condolences are extended on the passing of the 41st president of the United States of America.— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) December 1, 2018
A humble, well-respected political figure while serving and through his many years post-presidency. pic.twitter.com/t8qfUFG8Eg
Statement on the passing of President George H. W. Bush pic.twitter.com/XOXbhyrOEK— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) December 1, 2018