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John Turner

Former Prime Minister of Canada
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Net worth 2018: $247.7 Million
Industry: Prime Ministers
Residence: Richmond, Surrey, England
Country: Canadian
BirthDay: 7 June 1929
Sigh: Cancer
Height: 1.83 m
Education: University of British Columbia, University of Oxford, University of Paris, Ashbury College

John Turner was bornon 7 June 1929 in Richmond, Surrey, England, Canadian, is Former Prime Minister of Canada. John Napier Wyndham Turner served as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada. From track star to Rhodes Scholar, born with good looks and possessing a natural charisma, he entered politics in the 1960s, and was often compared to John F. Kennedy. He was first inducted into the cabinet by PM Pearson and went on to hold several prominent Cabinet posts, including minister of justice and minister of finance under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Amid a world recession and the prospect of having to implement the unpopular wage and price controls, Turner surprisingly resigned his position. He remained away from politics and returned only when Trudeau exited to successfully contest the Liberal leadership. Turner held the office of Prime Minister for 79 days (the second shortest tenure in Canadian history), as he dissolved Parliament immediately after being sworn in as Prime Minister, and went on to lose the election that followed. He was in office for too short a time and could not achieve much. But as a cabinet minister, he had made far-reaching changes in the legal system of the country. He headed the Official Opposition for the next six years, leading his party to a modest recovery in the campaign. He retired from politics in 1993 and is presently practicing law.


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Following another electoral loss in 1988, he resigned from the party leadership but continued to represent Vancouver Quadra in the House of Commons for another few years as a backbencherRetiring from politics in the 1993, he joined as a lawyer at Miller Thomson LLP, headed scholarships program for talented young people and became member of Boards of Directors for several Canadian companies


During the election campaign in 1984, he was criticized for the patronage appointments and shown weak and indecisive and his party lost to the Tories under Brian Mulroney


In 1975, he resigned from cabinet due to personality conflicts with Trudeau who reversed his election promise and wanted to implement wage and price controls


He served as Minister of Finance from 1972 until 1975


Turner served in Trudeau’s cabinet as Minister of Justice between 1968 and 1972, updated the department, abandoned the tradition of party patronage in the appointment of judges, and oversaw numerous Criminal Code reforms


As one of “The Young Turks" advocating reforms in party policy, he joined PM Pearson’s cabinet and was initially not given a portfolio but in 1967, he was made the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs


In 1963, Turner married Geills and they have four children including three sons and a daughter


By 1962 he was ready to run for office himself and chose the riding of St-Laurent-St-Georges in Quebec He was nominated as a candidate and won the election in June


In 1957 the Liberals were looking for young people to help regenerate the party and C


He returned to Canada to study for his bar exam and in 1954 joined the Montreal law firm of Stikeman and Elliott after passing his Quebec bar


His academic brilliance continued as he pursued doctoral studies at the University of Paris from 1952 to 1953


A terrific track sprinter, he held the Canadian 100 meters record, but a bad knee kept him out of the 1948 London Olympics


He enrolled at the University of British Columbia in 1945


When his father died in 1932, he moved to Canada with his Canadian-born mother, and settled in British Columbia


Turner was born on June 7, 1929 in Surrey, England, to Leonard Turner and Phyllis Gregory

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