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John Turner calls Lapierre’s death a ‘huge tragedy’

By Angelo Persichilli      

Former prime minister John Turner talks about Jean Lapierre, who he says was a strong federalist, despite joining the separatist Bloc Québécois.

Joe Volpe, Terry Popowich, John Turner, John Webster, and Jean Lapierre, pictured in Nov. 30, 1986. Mr. Lapierre, who died last week in a plane crash in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Que., had briefly been a member of Turner cabinet in 1984, and later served in prime minister Paul Martin's cabinet. The Hill Times photograph by Angelo Persichilli

TORONTO—The political life of Jean Lapierre was shaped around one important issue, the Meech Lake Accord. He believed in it so much that when it was defeated with the strong opposition of the Liberals led publicly by then-former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and the new leader Jean Chrétien, he left the party. The person who helped Lapierre shape his pro Meech Lake support was the former Liberal leader and prime minister of Canada John Turner. Last week, I reached

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