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Trudeau and other Canadians offer condolences to family of George H.W. Bush

Last Updated Dec 1, 2018 at 7:50 am PDT

Bush holds a news conference at the White House condemning the Chinese crackdown on demonstrators in Tiananmen Square. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered his condolences to the family of George H.W. Bush, saying the former president was deeply committed to his country.

In a tweet sent from the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Trudeau says Bush demonstrated exemplary service to his country.

In a released statement, the Prime Minister also said the former President was a leader in the original North American Free Trade Agreement, revamped earlier this year and signed yesterday as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

“President Bush was a dedicated and thoughtful leader who stuck by his convictions and values. 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,“ Trudeau wrote.

“As president, he provided steady, principled leadership through a number of decisive international events.”

The 41st president of the United States, who served from 1989 to 1993, died on Friday night.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford tweeted that Bush was a war hero who will be remembered not only for his 40 years of service to his country, but for his “friendship and generous spirit.”

Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe wrote that Bush was “a humble, well-respected political figure while serving and through his many years post-presidency.”