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Canada Some highlights from the life and career of former prime minister John Turner

00:01  20 september  2020
00:01  20 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

Canada's Kennedy to yesterday's man: former PM John Turner dead at 91

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Former prime minister John Turner looks on during a photo op to mark the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of the first Parliament of Canada, in 1965: While vacationing in Barbados, Turner rescues former prime minister John Diefenbaker from drowning after the elder statesman is caught

Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner , who was in office for just 79 days and led his Liberal Party to a huge defeat in 1984, has died aged 91. A lawyer by training, he served as justice and then finance minister from 1968-1975. He resigned after arguments with party leader Pierre Trudeau.

Brian Mulroney wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Some highlights from the life and career of former prime minister John Turner:

June 7, 1929: John Napier Wyndham Turner is born in Richmond, England.

1932: Turner and his mother move to British Columbia following the death of his father. They move to Ottawa, where Turner attends private schools.

1945: Turner's mother marries Frank Mackenzie Ross, future lieutenant-governor of British Columbia.

Canada's Kennedy to yesterday's man: former PM John Turner dead at 91

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Former Canadian prime minister John Turner , who presided over one of the most crushing defeats in the history of the country's Liberal Party, died on Saturday at his home in Canada's Liberal Party has also reacted to the death of its former leader, saying he "dedicated his life to building a better Canada."

So sad to learn of former Prime Minister John Turner ’s passing. He cared deeply about his country, and he will he remembered for his long, distinguished A statement from the Liberal Party of Canada remarked on Turner ’s time as party leader, and said that he “dedicated his life and career to the hard

1945: Turner enrols at the University of British Columbia at age 16.

1948: Turner qualifies for Canada's track and field Olympic team, excelling in particular at the 100-metre sprint, but is kept from competing by an injured knee.

1949: Turner graduates from UBC and wins a Rhodes Scholarship.

1951: Turner completes his law degree at Oxford.

1952: Turner begins, but does not complete, doctoral studies in Paris, where he learned to speak French.

1954: Turner is called to the Quebec bar and begins his legal career at the law firm Stikeman Elliott.

1957: Turner returns to Oxford to complete a master's degree.

1959: Turner earns a spot in the gossip columns by dancing with Princess Margaret at a party.

June 1962: Turner is first elected as a Liberal member of Parliament representing the Montreal-area riding of St. Laurent-St. Georges.

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Marc Kealey, a former aide speaking on behalf of Turner ´s relatives as a family friend, said Turner Turner failed to live up to the great expectations of his early career , serving as prime minister for He is pictured here at an event in November 2017. A track star, Turner graduated from the The two remained friends for life . Turner moved to Montreal to practice law but was lured into politics in 1962.

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May 11, 1963: Turner marries Geills McCrae Kilgour. The couple would go on to have four children — a daughter and three sons.

1965: Turner becomes a minister without portfolio in the cabinet of then-prime minister Lester Pearson.

1965: While vacationing in Barbados, Turner rescues former prime minister John Diefenbaker from drowning after the elder statesman is caught in a strong ocean current. Diefenbaker was Opposition leader at the time.

1967: Pearson appoints Turner as minister of consumer and corporate affairs.

1968: Turner runs for leadership of the Liberal party, finishing in third place behind Pierre Trudeau. When Trudeau announces his cabinet, Turner is appointed as minister of justice.

1972: Turner is named minister of finance.

1975: Turner abruptly resigns from cabinet and public life, one year after Trudeau's government is re-elected. Turner confirms in later interviews that his decision stemmed from policy differences with Trudeau. He shifts his focus to practising law at Toronto's firm McMillan Binch.

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Turner was born in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, to a modest lower-middle-class family. He lived in London all his life , retaining his Cockney accent and assiduously avoiding the trappings of Intensely private, eccentric and reclusive, Turner was a controversial figure throughout his career .

June 1984: Turner re-enters politics by running for the Liberal leadership in the wake of Trudeau's resignation. He defeats Jean Chretien on the second ballot.

June 30, 1984: Turner is sworn in as Canada's 17th prime minister. Days later, Turner asks the governor general to dissolve Parliament and call a general election.

July 1984: Turner is caught on camera patting the bottom of Liberal party president Iona Campagnolo, getting the campaign off to a rocky start.

July 25, 1984: Turner takes part in the English-language leaders debate. 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 argues that he had no choice but to execute the appointments, which had sparked public backlash. Mulroney's retort, beginning with the now famous phrase, "You had an option, sir," is widely regarded as the moment that changed the direction of the campaign.

Sept. 4, 1984: Turner and the Liberals are soundly defeated in the election, losing 95 seats and reducing the party to its lowest levels of support to that point. Turner managed to win the riding of Vancouver Quadra.

Nov. 21, 1988: Another federal election is held, during which Turner's aggressive stance against Mulroney's free trade agreement with the U.S. allows the party to nearly double its vote share. Still, the Liberals fall short of forming government, winning 83 seats.

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

June 1990: Chretien wins the Liberal leadership race.

1993: Turner leaves the House of Commons and returns to practising law.

1994: Turner is named a companion of the Order of Canada.

2001: Turner's official portrait as prime minister on Parliament Hill is unveiled.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2020.

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