John Napier TURNER

TURNER, The Right Hon. John Napier, P.C., C.C., Q.C., M.A., LL.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Vancouver Quadra (British Columbia)
Birth Date
June 7, 1929
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Turner
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=2d6cfb9d-1d91-419c-835b-2bc796126fab&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
LIB
  St. Lawrence--St. George (Quebec)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
LIB
  St. Lawrence--St. George (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources (May 14, 1963 - September 8, 1965)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
LIB
  St. Lawrence--St. George (Quebec)
  • Minister Without Portfolio (December 18, 1965 - April 3, 1967)
  • Registrar General of Canada (April 4, 1967 - December 20, 1967)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (December 21, 1967 - April 19, 1968)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Ottawa--Carleton (Ontario)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (July 6, 1968 - January 27, 1972)
  • Minister of Finance (January 28, 1972 - September 9, 1975)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
LIB
  Ottawa--Carleton (Ontario)
  • Minister of Finance (January 28, 1972 - September 9, 1975)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Ottawa--Carleton (Ontario)
  • Minister of Finance (January 28, 1972 - September 9, 1975)
June 30, 1984 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Ottawa--Carleton (Ontario)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
LIB
  Vancouver Quadra (British Columbia)
  • Prime Minister (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (September 17, 1984 - February 7, 1990)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Vancouver Quadra (British Columbia)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (September 17, 1984 - February 7, 1990)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 2821)


September 10, 1992

Mr. Turner (Vancouver Quadra):

We need to shed our cynicism and our negativism and our sense of frustration. We need to feel good about ourselves again.

Let us remember what we have here. Let us remember what we are talking about: a land of limitless space; a tolerant people, a fair people and a decent people. Let us reassert our belief in ourselves as a nation, using the

September 10, 1992

words of Laurier, "great among the nations of the world". We are the envy of the world.

It is time we woke up. It is time we shook ourselves out of this lethargy. I hope that this national debate encourages all of us, all Canadians, to stand up, to speak up strongly and loudly and clearly for Canada.

I support the motion and I will campaign for it.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE CONSTITUTION
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September 9, 1992

Right Hon. John N. Tiirner (Vancouver Quadra):

Mr. Speaker, when I was first elected in Ottawa-Carleton the senior member of the party in Ottawa was the Hon. George Mcllraith.

He had deep roots in the Valley. He was a very intimate friend of three generations of leaders of our country. He was a superb parliamentarian. He was leader of the House at one time. I remember one evening when he asked me to fill in for him. I was Parliamentary Secretary to the then Minister of Northern Affairs, Arthur Laing, and he asked me to be the acting House leader. The late Gordon Churchill was then the House leader for the Loyal Opposition.

After we conducted the business of the House, Mr. Churchill got up and complimented me on the very clear way that the House business had been conducted and would I arrange with the Prime Minister to replace the Hon. George Mcllraith.

I said it might be that the hon. House leader of the opposition would prefer me but he may not know, to use the parlance of football, where the play is going. That is Mr. Mcllraith's technique. I want to assure him and through you, Mr. Speaker, the entire House, that we do not often know where the ball is going either.

Mr. Mcllraith was once faced by the then very popular mayor of Ottawa, the late Dr. Charlotte Whitton, the first female mayor of a major city in this country, a remarkable woman, a remarkable person, and one of the leading social workers in the country.

She was mayor of Ottawa and she challenged George Mcllraith in the then riding of Ottawa Centre, now Ottawa West. Despite the great Diefenbaker landslide in 1958, she was unable to unseat the Hon. George Mcllraith, so deep were his roots on Preston Street and parts of Ottawa that only Jean-Robert and I would be able to describe and guide you through.

Tributes

Despite the fact that Dr. Whitton as mayor of Ottawa was defeated by the Hon. George Mcllraith, she retained him continually as her personal solicitor. He was one of the two executors of her will who administered her estate when she died. If that does not take talent, if that does not take skill, if that does not take human qualities, I do not know what does.

The Hon. George Mcllraith served our country and served Parliament for over 43 years in both Houses. He is one of the few senators I know, had he been here, who could have been elected in an elected Senate. He was a wonderful parliamentarian, a very fair man and a great credit to public life in this countiy.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE LATE HON. GEORGE MCILRAITH
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February 17, 1992

Right Hon. John N. Thrner (Vancouver Quadra):

Mr. Speaker, in 1979 the Debris Control Board was formed due to widespread concern over debris in the Fraser and Harrison Rivers, the Gulf of Georgia and Howe Sound. This will be of particular interest to you, Mr. Speaker, as your constituency overlooks this particular waterway. Debris was choking the wildlife habitat in the Fraser delta and posed a hazard to fishermen and pleasure boaters. The board has received praise for its programs which remove over 80 per cent of waterway debris and have improved the habitat for juvenile salmon in the Fraser estuary.

For 12 years, the Government of British Columbia and the B.C. Council of Forest Industries have funded this important body, contingent on equal federal participation through the Departments of Forestry, Fisheries and Oceans and Transport. Fisheries and Oceans terminated its contribution in March 1991 and Forestry and Transport will follow suit this March.

February 17, 1992

The much touted green plan of the Government of Canada has earmarked $100 million for the clean-up of the Fraser River basin. As the Debris Control Board's work is directly tied to this goal, it is logical to continue funding the board from this source.

I urge the Government of Canada to reaffirm its support and reinstate funding, which is only $180,000, to permit this critical environmental control board to continue in the Fraser delta.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   DEBRIS CONTROL BOARD
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September 23, 1991

Right Hon. John N. Tbrner (Vancouver Quadra):

Mr. Speaker, I welcome the government's recent announcement to support the upgrading of the existing cyclotron at the University of British Columbia and to build the world's first KAON factory at TRIUMF, the Tri-University Meson facility.

As you know, Mr. Speaker, as the member for Vancouver South, this joint venture of the universities of Alberta, Victoria, Simon Fraser and British Columbia is located at UBC in my riding of Vancouver Quadra.

I have been aware of the work at TRIUMF for many years. I have toured the facility with its director, Dr. Erich Vogt, and have discussed the planned upgrade.

September 23, 1991

The House will know of my long-standing commitment to this project, as I have raised the subject here in this House on several occasions.

With this project, Canada takes its place at the vanguard of the new technologies. The study of subatomic particle physics at TRIUMF facilitates research in the fundamental forces of nature. Information gathered here has been used in medical, biomedical and geological research, and has led to breakthroughs in cardiac diagnosis, radioisotope treatment, positron brain scanning and the destruction of cancerous tumours in humans.

The impact on scientific research and related technology in Canada will be tremendous.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
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March 18, 1991

Mr. Turner (Vancouver Quadra):

The little point first and then the larger point.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MEMBER FOR TRINITY-SPADINA
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