TORONTO -- Peter Lougheed was the last Alberta Conservative leader worthy of the title.
By that I mean the premier who in 1971 founded the Conservative dynasty that rules the province to this day was a member of the now almost forgotten stream of conservatism that actually wanted to conserve things worth conserving, and that recognized the important role government properly plays in a civilized society.
Edgar Peter Lougheed died of natural causes earlier yesterday in Calgary, where was born in 1928. Over the next few days he will be remembered extravagantly by the Conservative Establishment, especially in Western Canada. That is fair enough, because the dynasty he created employs them still.