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.
George H. W. Bush’s exemplary service and deep commitment to his country informed everything he accomplished over his decades in public life. Sophie and I offer our condolences to his family and the American people on his passing.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 1, 2018
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.”
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bush family. A war hero, George Bush will be remembered for his over 40 years of service to country, as a pilot, diplomat, vice-president and president. We Canadians will remember his friendship and generous spirit. May he rest in peace. https://t.co/HwQZdalNn2
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) December 1, 2018
Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe wrote that Bush was “a humble, well-respected political figure while serving and through his many years post-presidency.”