The MP for Banff-Airdrie Blake Richards and Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre MLA Jason Nixon are among those who are remembering Myron Thompson fondly. Thompson passed away on Sunday, January 6th following his battle with cancer. He was 82 years old.
Long-time Sundre area politician Myron Thompson died on Sunday, January 6th after a battle with cancer at the age of 82.
Thompson served as the Member of Parliament for the Wild Rose riding from 1993 until he retired from federal politics in 2008. He was voted in as a member of the Reform Party. He also went on to represent the Canadian Alliance and the Conservatives parties during those years in Ottawa.
Known for his cowboy hat, Thompson was outspoken as an MP in his support of the American-led war in Iraq, as well as the opposition of gun laws and same-sex marriage. He also argued for stronger animal protection and child pornography legislation.
Thompson was born in Colorado and stated he once tried out as a catcher for the New York Yankees. He moved to Canada in 1968, was elected to Sundre council in 1974 and was voted in as Mayor of the town in 1977 before moving on to the federal political scene. He returned to Sundre council from 2010 until 2017.
Thompson's death generated an outpouring of condolences on social media for his wife Dot and the rest of his family from federal, provincial and municipal politicians.
When Thompson retired from federal politics after 25 years as the MP for Wild Rose, he was succeeded by fellow Conservative Party member Blake Richards.
Richards says Myron called it how he saw it.
Richards remembers running Thompson's federal election campaign for the first time in 1997.
According to Richards, Myron had had one of his heart attacks and was in hospital just before that election in '97. However, Richards notes - even against the advice of everyone including his doctors - Thompson insisted on doing the all-candidates debates and he did it.
Blake Richards is now the Member of Parliament for the Banff-Airdrie constituency.
Meantime, Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre MLA Jason Nixon remembers fondly last December's street naming ceremony in the town of Sundre in Myron Thompson's honour.
Nixon was always impressed Thompson's dedication to his community and passion for his constituents.
Nixon called Myron a larger than life figure who represented Sundre & Alberta proudly.
News of Thompson's death came the same day as the loss of another long-time Alberta politician. Former MLA and Speaker of the Alberta Legislature Gene Zwozdesky also died of cancer Sunday at the age of 70.
Listen to 96.5 CKFM's entire conversation about Myron Thompson with the MP for Banff-Airdrie Blake Richards.
(Contains content from the Canadian Press)