John Turner An accomplished lawyer and politician, he was known for his personal integrity and commitment to democracy. During 3 decades of public service as a cabinet minister, Leader of the Opposition, and 17th Prime Minister of Canada, that he was devoted to upholding Canadian values and principles.
Born in Surrey, England, in 1929, Mr. Turner moved to Canada as a young kid and spent his early life in Rossland, British Columbia, also in Ottawa. After attending the University of British Columbia and receiving a Rhodes student, he acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence from Oxford University in England.
Returning to Canada to pursue his career in law, he began working with the Liberal party in the late 1950s. Elected as a Liberal M.P. in 1962, he joined Lester B. Pearson’s cabinet and later, under Pierre Trudeau, occupied senior positions as Minister of Justice (1968-1972) and Minister of Finance (1972-1975).
After leaving politics in 1975, Mr. Turner resumed his former profession in law. Returning to politics in 1984 following Pierre Trudeau’s retirement, he won the Liberal party leadership and became Canada’s 17th Prime Minister. He asked Governor General Jeanne Sauvé to call an election for September of the year. Mr. Turner was defeated in this election, but during his tenure from June to September 1984he guaranteed that Canada’s government claimed stability and continuity in a period of difficult transition.
Throughout his political career, he was recognized for his hard work and professionalism, in addition to his genuine respect for his parliamentary colleagues throughout all parties. He returned to private practice as a lawyer until his retirement in 2013 and remained a political adviser. His many accomplishments in law and politics had been recognized by his appointment as a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1994.
“Indeed, is not faith in your fellow man the very basis of democracy?”