Despite the fact that I was actually alive when he was Prime Minister, I don’t know much about John Turner. This is probably explained by the fact that he was the P.M. for 2.5 months when I was 7 years old.
|Name||John Napier Wyndham Turner|
|Born:||June 7, 1929 in Richmond, Surrey, England|
|Held Office:||June 30, 1984 – September 17, 1984|
|Best known for:||-having the second shortest tenure as a P.M. (after Charles Tupper). In fact, he called an election just 4 days after being sworn into office. The party was decimated in the election, with the Liberal only winning 40 seats (their lowest number ever). In that election, Turner won the seat in Vancouver Quadra (which is *my* riding, btw) and became the leader of the (very small) opposition.-he ran for the Liberal party leadership in 1968 and said, “My time is now,” and that he was “not here for some vague, future convention in say, 1984.” Trudeau won the 1968 leadership convention handily and guess what year it was when the next leadership convention, which Turner won, was held?|
|Some Things I Didn’t Know About This P.M.||-one of his middle names is “Napier,” making him “John Napier” and, as we all1 know, John Napier invented logarithms. John Turner, however, did not invent logarithms.-his wife, Geills McCrae Kilgour is the great-niece of John McCrae, who wrote In Flanders Fields
-in 1965 he rescued former P.M. Diefenbaker who was struggling with the undertow will swimming in Barbados
-he is in the UBC Sports Hall of Fame, having been one of the three fastest men in Canada between 1947-1949
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1Where “all” = me & Sarah