前总理John Turner逝世,享年91岁

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RIP!

他是不是加拿大时间最短的总理?
 

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加拿大总理任期大都比日本内阁总理大臣任期长得多(安倍是创造了历史),内阁也稳定得多,

说明加拿大适合内阁制 还是加拿大人不爱造反?

腐败偏左且比较无能的小土豆都干了这么久,真让人大跌眼镜
 

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Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, second from right, and, from left, cabinet ministers Pierre Trudeau, John Turner and Jean Chrétien talk in Ottawa in April 1967.
 

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Former prime minister Brian Mulroney says he will remember his friend and former political rival John Turner as a "true gentleman" who brought a "great sense" of dignity to his long career as a politician.

Turner, who served as prime minister for 79 days in 1984, died peacefully at home on Saturday at the age of 91.

"He was clearly a man destined for great success," Mulroney told CBC News, recalling his friendship with Canada's 17th prime minister in Montreal during the 1960s.

"Many people in Montreal, even in those days, saw him as a future prime minister. He was a brilliant guy, a great lawyer, very successful. He looked like a movie star, he was a great athlete. So he had it all. And those who saw him going to the top turned out to be absolutely right."

Late Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remembered Turner's decades-long career and dedication to charitable causes.


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Former Prime Ministers Brian Mulroney, front left, and John Turner, sit with Joe Clark, rear left, and Paul Martin as they mark the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of the first Parliament of Canada, in Ottawa in 2017. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

"Mr. Turner became Canada's 17th Prime Minister after having served in numerous other capacities, including as Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Finance, and Leader of the Opposition. He was deeply committed to the law and democratic process, bringing about much needed reforms to the Criminal Code," a statement from the Prime Minister's Office read.

"Mr. Turner was a humble man with a strong social conscience. He supported many charitable organizations, including Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He was also an honorary director of World Wildlife Fund Canada and an ardent advocate for the protection of Canada's lakes and rivers."

Turner's legacy, Mulroney said, is that he was someone who "never believed in the politics of personal destruction."

"He was a great House of Commons man. He believed in democracy; he believed in our Parliamentary system. In his career he performed brilliantly in the high portfolios that he was given."


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Former Liberal Prime Minister John Turner talks with then-MP Justin Trudeau as they wait for the Council of Presidents to begin at the Liberal Leadership Convention in 2009. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Former prime minister Jean Chrétien, who recently lost his wife Aline, mourned the passing of his long-time colleague and friend.

"John and I served together for many years as members of parliament and cabinet colleagues in the governments of Lester B. Pearson and Pierre E. Trudeau. During his tenure as prime minister, I was honoured to serve as his deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister," he said in a statement.

Tributes flow online

News of Turner's death sparked an outpouring of tributes online from fellow politicians.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper remembered Turner for his grace.

"Prime Minister Turner served his family and country with great dignity. His legacy and commitment to public service will be remembered for generations. Our deepest condolences are with the Turner family," he wrote.

Canada's ambassador to the United Nations and former interim Liberal Party leader Bob Rae said on Twitter that he and his wife had lost a friend.

"John Turner's vitality and determination, his loyalty to friends, his belief in public service and in Parliament itself — he served his country with great distinction and honour."

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, meanwhile, took to Facebook to share time spent with the former prime minister.

"I met the Rt. Hon. John Turner at the funeral of one of the founders of the law firms we both practised at a generation apart. He would later come to some of the Churchill dinners I was involved with in Toronto," O'Toole said.

"Hearing him tell the story of talking to his friend and teammate Roger Bannister ahead of the Miracle Mile was a highlight. Track star, lawyer, parliamentarian, but most importantly father and patriot, his contributions to Canada are profound and his legacy assured."

Former aides remember man who defined Canada

Stephen Hastings and Marc Kealey — former aides to Turner in the 1980s and close friends of his family — described the former prime minister as formidable but well-loved.

"He had this great line that he used to use all the time. He said, 'I believe in three things: family, loyalty and silence,'" Kealey told CBC News. "He didn't demand loyalty, he just attracted it because he was just such a loyal friend."

Kealey said Turner was notorious for his dislike of the word "backbencher" to describe lesser-known MPs.

"Mr. Turner would bristle at that, because he thinks (there is) a sacred trust between Canadians and their parliament," Kealey recalled, commenting that even in recent weeks, MPs had sought out Turner for a chat.

Over the course of his career, Turner touched thousands of lives across the country, Hastings added.

"In many respects, for a lot of us, John Turner is and will always be timeless," he said. "He is just a figure that … in some respects, never really aged."

Discussions about holding a state funeral during the COVID-19 pandemic are ongoing.


 

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A dashing lawyer and a princess — the foundations of a royal romance?

A future prime minister John Turner and Britain's Princess Margaret may have "nearly married," according to a recently unearthed cache of letters written by the princess from 1950 to 1966.

The letters, provided to CBC News by Andrew Pierce of the Daily Mail newspaper, were written to Margaret's lifelong friend, American socialite Sharman Douglas.

"John Turner is here & we meet on Thursday," Margaret wrote from Kensington Palace on May 16, 1966.

"It will seem so funny as we haven’t met since I nearly married him & he’s bringing his wife!"


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This excerpt of a 1966 letter Princess Margaret wrote to her friend Sharman Douglas reveals the romance between her and Canada's future prime minister John Turner. (Andrew Pierce/Daily Mail)

The future Liberal prime minister had met 27-year-old Margaret in British Columbia in 1958 during the princess's summer visit to Canada. As the guest of Turner's stepfather (who was lieutenant governor at the time), Turner, then 29, was asked to entertain her.

The pair made headlines.

"Princess Margaret sat in the moonlight last night in an intimate tête-à-tête with a young bachelor-lawyer," the Toronto Telegram reported. "Hardly anyone noticed the couple as they chatted, laughed, sipped drinks and smoked cigarettes."

After flying to Ottawa to accompany her to a ball, the two called off their blossoming friendship, reportedly because of a royal command from Buckingham Palace.

The two remained good friends. Turner was the only non-governmental Canadian guest invited to her 1960 wedding.


 

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