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Former premier Jim Prentice’s portrait to go up at legislature

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice announces an election in Edmonton on Tuesday April 7, 2015.
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice announces an election in Edmonton on Tuesday April 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

An official portrait of former Alberta premier Jim Prentice is to be unveiled at the provincial legislature on Monday.

Prentice was Alberta’s 16th premier when he was chosen by Progressive Conservative party members to be their leader in September 2014.

He lost to Rachel Notley’s NDP in an election that followed eight months later.

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice carries the budget after Alberta Finance Minister Robin Campbell delivered the 2015 budget in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday, March 26, 2015.
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice carries the budget after Alberta Finance Minister Robin Campbell delivered the 2015 budget in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday, March 26, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Prentice quit politics after the loss and was killed in a small-plane crash outside Kelowna, B.C., in the fall of 2016.

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Prior to provincial politics, Prentice was a member of Parliament representing Calgary from 2004 to 2010, and eventually served in the cabinet of Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper.

Alberta has already honoured Prentice by protecting and naming a stretch of land after him in the province’s southwest.

His portrait is to be added to other former premiers’ paintings that line the hallway leading into the main floor of the debate chamber.