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Turner had a message on his 90th birthday: protect Canada’s democracy

By David Crane      

John Turner is still passionate about democracy and the central role of politics and public life. And these passions were on full display: he talked about the importance of a healthy democracy, and a strong political engagement by Canadians, and a central role for MPs in setting the country’s agenda, debating policy and determining the laws of the country.

The Prime Ministers' Club: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, front left, with John Turner, right; former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin, rear left, former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark, centre, and former Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien. The Hill Times photograph by Jean-Marc Carisse

TORONTO—Former prime minister John Turner’s 90th birthday on Parliament Hill was more than a party last Monday. Turner is passionate about democracy and the central role of politics and public life. And these passions were on full display: he talked about the importance of a healthy democracy, and a strong political engagement by Canadians, and a central role for MPs in setting the country’s agenda, debating policy and determining the laws of the country.

David Crane

David Crane is an award-winning journalist with special interests in the economics of globalization, innovation, sustainable development and social equity.
- crane@interlog.com


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