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 Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)
John Turner, Canada’s 17th prime minister, has died at the age of 91, CTV News has learned.
Turner served as a Liberal prime minister from June 30, 1984 to Sept. 17 that same year – the second-shortest tenure in Canadian history.
Turner was first elected to the House of Commons in 1962 and held many high-profile positions in former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s caucus, including stints as justice and finance minister.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford took to Twitter to honour Turner, saying “he was a dedicated public servant who devoted decades of his life to making Canada a better place.”
Sad to hear about the passing of former PM John Turner. My condolences to his family and friends for their loss. He was a dedicated public servant who devoted decades of his life to making Canada a better place.
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