“I am deeply saddened to learn that former Premier Don Getty has passed away. He served Albertans faithfully and honourably as an MLA, a Cabinet Minister and as Alberta’s 11th Premier.
After playing professional football together for the Edmonton Eskimos, former Premier Peter Lougheed drafted Don into politics and both were first elected to the Legislature in 1967. Together, they built a solid foundation for our party and set the stage for the Progressive Conservatives’ sweeping 1971 electoral victory.
As a Cabinet Minister in the Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs and Energy portfolios, Don fought to protect Alberta’s energy interests and grow the industry, and was a fierce advocate for Senate reform.
As Premier, he steered our province through some incredibly difficult economic times, not unlike the ones we experience today. As Progressive Conservatives, we draw inspiration from the steady hand he applied to governing at such a tumultuous period in our province’s history.
Don was as a kind man with a great sense of humour. His legacy as one of the architects of our party, as a Cabinet Minister and as Premier has played a major role in shaping Alberta into the strong and resilient province it is today and we are grateful for his many contributions.
On behalf of all my colleagues and the entire Progressive Conservative family, I extend our deepest sympathies to Don’s wife Margaret and the entire Getty family.”