Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, who presided over one of the crushing defeats within the historical past of the nation’s Liberal Social gathering, died Saturday at his dwelling in Toronto on the age of 91.
Turner’s passing was confirmed in a press release by Canada’s Division of Canadian Heritage. A reason behind dying wasn’t recognized. All through three many years as a Cupboard minister, opposition chief and prime minister in 1984, Turner “was tirelessly dedicated to upholding Canadian values and rules,” the division stated.
Canada’s Liberal Social gathering has additionally reacted to the dying of its former chief, saying he “devoted his life to constructing a greater Canada”.
As Justice Minister, Finance Minister, Liberal Chief, Prime Minister, and as a dedicated citizen, John Turner devoted his life to constructing a greater Canada — and to the values that make our democracy robust.
Our condolences are with John’s family members. https://t.co/As3YXrq1yX
— Liberal Social gathering (@liberal_party) September 19, 2020
Turner’s tenure as prime minister lasted simply 79 days, second-shortest in Canada’s historical past. However Turner struggled with gaffes on the marketing campaign path, and his social gathering had alienated voters with a collection of scandals. The Liberals misplaced 95 of their 135 seats in Canada’s 282-member Home of Commons.
Turner once more misplaced to Conservative Social gathering chief Brian Mulroney within the race for prime minister in 1988 and resigned as Liberal chief in 1990.
A lawyer by commerce, Turner was born in Surrey, England. He was justice minister underneath Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau when Canada decriminalized homosexuality in 1969. He then served as finance minister underneath Trudeau, and later turned his successor. As opposition social gathering chief, he battled with Mulroney over free commerce with the US.