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The definition of a statesman

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Stephen Harper’s eulogy for Peter Lougheed.

But it is quite a recognition, the recognition due and now unreservedly accorded to a statesman. And I do also use the term ‘statesman’. It is also an overused, as well as a misunderstood, designation.

For we think of the statesman as what he often becomes in later life, a gentle, wise and experienced advisor who has moved beyond the fray. But in his time of leadership, the statesman is not created by remaining above the battle, but by recognizing it taking shape on the horizon, by accepting the responsibility to lead the charge and by providing the vision and strength that brings eventual success. And that is what Peter Lougheed provided, above all else, to this province.