Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the US and father of the 43rd who steered the nation through a tumultuous period in world affairs, has died at the age of 94 in Houston, his family said in a statement on Saturday.”Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” Bush’s son and also former US President George W. Bush said in a statement.Before the family statement, the news of the former President’s death on Friday night was confirmed in a tweet by Jim McGrath, his spokesman.Bush Sr. died less than eight months after that of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush. The cause of his death was not immediately known.George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924, reports The Washington Post. He grew up in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, the second of five children of Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker.His father was an Ohio native and business executive who became a Wall Street banker and a senator from Connecticut, setting a course for the next two generations of Bush men to follow. His mother, a Maine native, was the daughter of a wealthy investment banker.George H.W. Bush served as a fighter pilot during the Second World War in 1944, a Congressman, Ambassador to the UN, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director and Vice President under Ronald Reagan between 1981 and 1989, before concluding his four-decade long political career by serving as the 41st US President from 1989 to 1993.During his stint in the White House, Bush Sr. saw the end of the Cold War, the first Gulf War and the invasion of Panama while the Soviet Union collapsed and Germany reunified.Despite military and diplomatic successes, he was unable to secure a re-election, and in 1993 he handed over the reins of the White House to Bill Clinton and retired to his home in Boston, Texas, along with his wife.The former President was suffering from a form of Parkinson’s disease that left him on a wheelchair over the last few years. He was also frequently hospitalised especially for respiratory problems.In April, a day after attending his wife’s funeral, he was treated for an infection that had spread to his blood.Bush senior was famous for sporting colourful striped socks.–IANSkskadvertisement
EDMONTON — Alberta’s incoming premier says a law to repeal the province’s carbon tax and another that will cut business taxes will be the first steps his government takes once in power.Jason Kenney has set April 30 as the date for when he and his cabinet will be sworn in.He plans to recall the legislature in the third week of May, at which point the new laws will be tabled.Kenney says the first move of his new cabinet will be to bring into force a law already passed that allows for the restriction of fuel shipments from Alberta should provinces such as British Columbia stand in the way of pipelines.Kenney says he has already had a 15-minute phone conversation with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the two will meet face-to-face after the swearing in.A less confrontational tone from Jason Kenney today in regards to Francois Legault, John Horgan and Justin Trudeau, all of whom he spoke to via phone. #ableg #yeg #yyc #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/jo2rUEyJSS— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) April 17, 2019Kenney changed his tone from the campaign trail when talking about some of the energy opponents across Canada.Premier-elect @jkenney says he spoke with @jjhorgan this morning. Kenney says he made it clear that Alberta means business when it comes to energy projects. Says he wants to find common ground. With BC that may be LNG exports.— Kenny Mason (@krmason7) April 17, 2019Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party won a majority government over Rachel Notley’s NDP in Tuesday’s provincial election.