COMMONS PAYS TRIBUTE TO FORMER PRIME MINISTER JOHN TURNER
Sep 24, 2020
By Bob Komsic
MPs paid tribute in the Commons to former prime minister John Turner who died over the weekend, including the current prime minister.
”I knew John my whole life, and he believed fiercely in the values that make us who we are as Canadians,” Justin Trudeau told the House, inviting Canadians to celebrate his legacy by signing a virtual book of condolences.
”Values like treating everyone with dignity and respect and always being willing to stand up for what is just and right.”
Turner, who died last weekend at 91, served in the cabinet of Justin’s father, the late Pierre Trudeau as justice minister 1968 – 72 and then as finance minister 1972 – 75.
While justice minister he was involved in decriminalizing abortion and homosexuality and was also involved in deploying the War Measures Act during the October Crisis in 1970.
Turner served as prime minister for 79 days in 1984.
A state funeral, which will not be open to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, will take place October 6 at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica.