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World Former Canada PM Turner, in office for just 11 weeks, dies

00:25  20 september  2020
00:25  20 september  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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Article content. OTTAWA, Sept 19 – Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner , who was in office for just In 1984, Turner 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.

OTTAWA - Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner , who was in office for “You could have said ‘I am not going to do it. This is wrong for Canada ’ you had an option, sir, to say no. And you chose to say yes,” responded Mulroney in one of the most memorable moments in Canadian politics.

John Turner talking on a cell phone: John Turner [File: Chris Wattie/Reuters] © [File: Chris Wattie/Reuters] John Turner [File: Chris Wattie/Reuters]

Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, who was in office for only 11 weeks in the 1980s, has died at age 91, Canadian media outlets reported on Saturday.

Turner served as the country's 17th prime minister and, despite his short tenure at the helm of a Liberal Party government in 1984, he spent decades in Canadian federal politics.

Turner took over from Pierre Elliott Trudeau - current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's father - in late June 1984 at a time of increasing voter fatigue with the Liberals, who had been in power for 20 of the previous 21 years.

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OTTAWA - Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner , who was in office for “You could have said ‘I am not going to do it. This is wrong for Canada ’ you had an option, sir, to say no. And you chose to say yes,” responded Mulroney in one of the most memorable moments in Canadian politics.

OTTAWA - Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner , who was in office for “You could have said ‘I am not going to do it. This is wrong for Canada ’ you had an option, sir, to say no. And you chose to say yes,” responded Mulroney in one of the most memorable moments in Canadian politics.

At that point, he had already held the posts of finance and justice minister.

But his 79-day tenure as prime minister was the second shortest in Canadian history. He resigned as Liberal leader in 1990 and was replaced by Jean Chretien, who led the party to victory in 1993.

Turner's time in federal politics was perhaps best remembered for his battles with former Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, especially over free trade with the United States, CBC News reported.

'Distinguished service'

On Saturday, legislators from across the Canadian political spectrum shared their memories of Turner, whom many described as being deeply devoted to the public service, and sent their condolences to his family.

Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who held the post from 2006 to 2015, said Turner "served his family and country with great dignity".

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OTTAWA - Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner , who was One turning point came during a televised debate when Turner , under fire from Conservative leader Brian Mulroney, said he had no option but to approve a mass of patronage appointments proposed by Trudeau before he left office .

John Turner ’s tenure lasted less than three months, the second-shortest in the country’s history, after he replaced Pierre Trudeau as Liberal Party leader in 1984. Updated: 8:39 pm , 20 Sep, 2020.

"His legacy and commitment to public service will be remembered for generations," Harper tweeted.

Liberal parliament member Yvan Baker said Turner was one of his early political role models.

"Canada meant everything to him, and he will be remembered for his life-long & distinguished service to this country," Baker wrote on Twitter, alongside an image of himself with the late former prime minister.

Bob Rae, a longtime politician and now Canada's ambassador to the United Nations, said Turner was many things - a lawyer, Rhodes scholar, athlete - but a "believer above all in the public service".

Canada's Minister of Indigenous-Crown Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, said she would miss Turner's "wise counsel".

"He cared deeply about this country and our democratic institutions. We must now all carry his torch as we build an even better Canada," she tweeted.

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