Canadians coast to coast remember former prime minister John Turner

Sep 19 2020, 7:29 pm

Prominent Canadians across the country are paying tribute to former prime minister John Turner, who has died at the age of 91.

Turner was a Liberal MP who held several prominent positions in the party, and led Canada as the prime minister for two and a half months in the summer of 1984 in between Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney.

“He served his country with great distinction and honour,” former MP and former Ontario premier Bob Rae tweeted, calling Turner a friend.

Turner was an alumni of the University of British Columbia and ran track while he was in school. University president Santa Ono tweeted his condolences Saturday.

Toronto city councillor Josh Matlow also fondly remembered Turner, who lived in his ward and was a “generous in his advice and mentoring.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory praised Turner for his dedication to the democratic process.

Governor General Julie Payette also offered her sympathies to Turner’s family, calling him a “great Canadian.”

Several people who met with Turner or interviewed him during his career also remembered him for being smart and sincere.


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