Today in Canada's Political History - May 3, 1989: Tributes delivered to outgoing Liberal leader John Turner in the Commons

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Former Prime Minister John Napier Turner announced his resignation as Liberal leader on this date in 1989. His decision came after his party’s second defeat by Brian Mulroney’s Progressive Conservatives in the free trade election held the previous November.

When MPs gathered that afternoon, the House took time out to pay tribute to Turner, Canada’s 17th Prime Minister. Turner then stood and replied to the comments of his colleague MPs.

You can watch his generous speech here.

Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist. He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy. A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.





Arthur Milnes is an accomplished public historian and award-winning journalist. He was research assistant on The Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney’s best-selling Memoirs and also served as a speechwriter to then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as a Fellow of the Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy under the leadership of Tom Axworthy. A resident of Kingston, Ontario, Milnes serves as the in-house historian at the 175 year-old Frontenac Club Hotel.