John Turner

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The Right Honourable
John Turner
PC CC QC
Turner at age 80, September 2009
17th Prime Minister of Canada
In office
June 30, 1984 – September 17, 1984
Monarch Elizabeth II
Deputy Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Pierre Trudeau
Succeeded by Brian Mulroney
Leader of the Opposition
In office
September 17, 1984 – February 7, 1990
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Preceded by Brian Mulroney
Succeeded by Herb Gray
25th Minister of Finance
In office
January 28, 1972 – September 10, 1975
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
Preceded by Edgar Benson
Succeeded by Donald Stovel Macdonald
31st Minister of Justice
In office
July 6, 1968 – January 27, 1972
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
Preceded by Pierre Trudeau
Succeeded by Otto Lang
23rd Solicitor General of Canada
In office
April 20, 1968 – July 5, 1968
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
Preceded by Lawrence Pennell
Succeeded by George McIlraith
1st Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs
In office
December 21, 1967 – July 5, 1968
Prime Minister Lester Pearson
Pierre Trudeau
Succeeded by Ron Basford
Registrar General of Canada
In office
1967
Prime Minister Lester Pearson
Preceded by Guy Favreau
Succeeded by Himself
Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs
Minister without Portfolio
In office
1965–1967
Prime Minister Lester Pearson
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources
In office
1963–1965
Prime Minister Lester Pearson
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Stanley Haidasz
Member of Parliament
for St. Lawrence—St. George
In office
June 18, 1962 – June 25, 1968
Preceded by Egan Chambers
Succeeded by District abolished
Member of Parliament
for Ottawa—Carleton
In office
June 25, 1968 – February 12, 1976
Preceded by Paul Tardif
Succeeded by Jean Pigott
Member of Parliament
for Vancouver Quadra
In office
September 4, 1984 – October 25, 1993
Preceded by Bill Clarke
Succeeded by Ted McWhinney
Personal details
Born John Napier Wyndham Turner
June 7, 1929 (1929-06-07) (age 85)
Richmond, Surrey, England
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Geills Turner
Children 4 (three sons and one daughter)
Residence Deer Park, Toronto, Ontario
Alma mater University of British Columbia
University of Oxford
University of Paris
Occupation Lawyer
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John Napier Wyndham Turner, PC, CC, QC (born June 7, 1929) is a former politician who served as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada from June 30 to September 17, 1984. He was the leader of the Liberal Party. He was born in Surrey, England. He and his mother moved to British Columbia in 1932 when his father died.

Turner was elected as a member of Parliament in 1962. He held several positions in Cabinet, including minister of justice and minister of finance under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau from 1968 to 1975.[1] He resigned his ministry in 1975,[2] and took a break from politics until 1984. During this time, he worked as a lawyer in Toronto. In 1984, Turner returned and successfully ran for the leadership of the Liberal Party. Turner held the office of Prime Minister for just 79 days. Immediately after being sworn in as Prime Minister, he dissolved Parliament and called for new elections.[3] He lost that election by a wide margin.[4] Turner remained as leader of the Liberal Party, and was the Leader of the Opposition for the next six years. His party slightly recovered in the 1988 election. Turner resigned as Opposition leader in 1990, and retired from politics in 1993. He continues to work as a lawyer.

References[change | change source]

  1. Paul Litt (2011). Elusive Destiny:The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner. UBC Press. pp. 5–7. http://books.google.com/books?id=mMdjxPPLdBsC&pg=PA146.
  2. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Memoirs, (McClelland & Stewart, 1993).
  3. Mulroney: The Politics of Ambition, by John Sawatsky, Toronto 1991, McFarlane, Walter, and Ross publishers.
  4. Howard Rae Penniman (1988). Canada at the Polls, 1984: A Study of the Federal General Elections. Duke U.P. p. 37. http://books.google.com/books?id=pC3wqzDBlCcC&pg=PA106.

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