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.
“George H. W. Bush’s exemplary service and deep commitment to
his country informed everything he accomplished over his
decades in public life,” Trudeau tweeted from the sidelines of
the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday morning.
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.”
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,”
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
“We Canadians will remember his friendship and generous
spirit,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford tweeted. “May he rest in
Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe wrote that Bush was
“a humble, well-respected political figure while serving and
through his many years post-presidency.”