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Former PM Turner was a ‘living legend,’ ‘a great defender of Parliament,’ say politicos

By Palak Mangat      

Charles Bird, a former national director of the Young Liberals of Canada in 1989, says John Turner’s tenure as leader was, for many young Liberals, including him, 'hugely formative.'

The late and former prime minister John Turner, pictured in 2012, was a 'stalwart spokesperson for Canadian sovereignty' during the 1988 election campaign that saw him square off with incumbent Progressive Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney, says one Liberal insider. The Hill Times file photograph

As preparations for the state funeral of the late and former prime minister John Turner get underway, the Liberal politician is being remembered by politicos as a “living legend,” with a “boyish energy,” who passionately defended Canadian sovereignty, Parliament, and rose above partisan politics.

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com

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