World News – CA – State funeral for former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner


TORONTO (Reuters) – A state funeral was held on Tuesday for former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, who died last month at that age in 91

Turner, who served the Canadian Prime Minister for just 11 weeks and led his Liberal Party to a huge electoral defeat in 1984, has died in his Toronto home

The funeral was held at St Michael’s Cathedral Basilica in Toronto in the presence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Trudeau

“He knew we could take on any challenge and face anytime – if we believed in each other and stood united,” Justin Trudeau said at the funeral “Today more than ever we we need people like John « 

Turner was Canada’s 17th Prime Minister after winning the leadership of the Liberal Party in 1984 He also served in the offices of Prime Ministers Lester B Pearson and Pierre Trudeau

Turner was a lawyer by training and was Minister of Finance from 1972 to 1975, but resigned due to disagreements over policy with Pierre Trudeau After serving as Leader of the Official Opposition, he retired from the politician in 1993 He is survived by his wife Geills and four children

Prior to his political life, Turner was an accomplished athlete, qualifying for the 1948 Canadian Olympic team as a record track sprinter He received a Rhodes scholarship after attending the University of British Columbia

« John Turner believed in taking the high road, » said his daughter Elizabeth Turner, referring to the way her father deals with negative comments from the media and his colleagues

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John Turner, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, State Funeral, Liberal Party of Canada

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