John Turner, former PM and Liberal leader dead at 91

John Turner, Canada's 17th Prime Minister. (Photo via Wikipedia).

John Turner, who served as Canada’s 17th Prime Minister, passed away Saturday at 91.

Turner was head of the Liberal Party, and led as the Official Opposition from 1984 to 1990. He briefly served as Prime Minister for 79 days throughout the summer of 1984 following Pierre Trudeau’s resignation, and worked as a cabinet minister throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

The former MP and Lawyer was born in Richmond, England. His sister and Canadian-born mother moved to Canada when he was three after his father died. The three settled in British Columbia and later moved to Ottawa, where he graduated from Ashbury College. Turner later enrolled at the University of British Columbia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree, he then pursued a Civil Law degree from Magdalen College, at the University of Oxford.

The former PM was once romantically linked to Princess Margaret back in the late 1950s. In 1963, he married Canadian business-woman Geillis Tuner, née Kilgour.

Turner leaves behind his wife, and four children.