Canadas shortest term prime minister John Turner dies at 91

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2020

He died on Friday night, the BBC quoted Marc Kealey, a former aide speaking on behalf of his relatives, as saying to the Montreal Gazette.

Turner failed to live up to the great expectations of his early career, serving as prime minister for just 79 days in 1984 after a hard, decades-long climb to the top job.

Turner had been a minister in successive Liberal governments in the 1960s and 1970s, but perhaps is best known for leading opposition to the Canada-U.S. The 17th Prime Minister served for a mere 79 days in 1978 but was at the forefront of numerous biggest political moves of the modern era. Former prime minister John Turner whose thought process from a "Liberal dream in motion" to a political antedate spanned 30 years, breathed his last at the age of 91. He was justice minister under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau when Canada decriminalized homosexuality in 1969. In a now infamous exchange with Conservative leader Brian Mulroney, Turner defends a raft of patronage appointments that he had refused to cancel upon assuming leadership of the country.


He called an election for September and then presided over what many political observers consider to be one of the worst campaigns in Canadian history, marred by a series of gaffes.

"I don't believe our future depends on our yielding those economic levers of sovereignty to become a junior partner in Fortress North America to the United States", Turner said during the campaign.

The Liberals fell to just 40 seats from 135 but Turner hung onto his position.


May 1989: Turner announces his intention to resign as Liberal party leader.

His premiership was one of the shortest ones; he was only in office for 79 days in 1984.

Turner leaves behind his wife, and four children.


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