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Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:18 AM

John Turner: Former Canadian prime minister dies at 91

Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, who was in office for just 79 days and led his Liberal Party to a huge defeat in 1984, has died aged 91.

A lawyer by training, he served as justice and then finance minister from 1968-1975. He resigned after arguments with party leader Pierre Trudeau.

As justice minister, he defended reforms to Canada's Criminal Code that paved the way for LGBTQ rights and legal abortions. But in the finance ministry he faced economic pressures due to the global oil crisis.

Turner resumed his legal work and in 1984 won the party leadership. His 79-day tenure as prime minister is the second shortest in the country's history.

The Conservatives, under the leadership of Brian Mulroney, swept to power with 211 seats.

Despite the result, Turner hung onto his post. In the 1988 election, Turner was a strong opponent of a proposed free trade agreement with the US but lost again to Mr Mulroney, but not as badly.

He resigned as a Liberal leader in 1990.

At: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54220721



Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, 1929-2020.

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Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:34 AM

1. We so need an escape hatch

The parliamentary systems have no-confidence votes, I think. We could have ejected the loser in January 2019 when our Democratic House took office. The mood was there, the mechanism no.

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Sun Sep 20, 2020, 01:18 PM

2. A Parlimentary system with runoffs is the only way a third party would stand a chance in the US ...

A vote of confidence would have gotten rid Trump by year two.

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