This release was issued under a previous government.

"It is with great sadness that I learned today of the passing of the Honourable Norman Kwong.

“Mr. Kwong was proud to be the son of Chinese immigrants. He was an Alberta success story from an early age. From his storied career in the Canadian Football League to his later co-ownership of the Calgary Flames, he was a champion on the field of play and in life.

“He gave his time generously to non-profit and voluntary organizations across the country. His contributions to public life earned him many honours, including the Order of Canada.

“From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Kwong represented Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Alberta’s 16th Lieutenant Governor. He brought an effortless dignity and warm humanity to his vice-regal duties.

“The Honourable Norman Kwong was a person of exceptional character and extraordinary accomplishment, a great Albertan and a great Canadian. We will miss him.

“On behalf of all Albertans, I express my heartfelt condolences to his wife, Mary, and the entire Kwong family.”