Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau honoured the life of one of his predecessors, former Prime Minister John Turner, during the latter’s state funeral at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica in Toronto.
“Today, more than ever, we need more people like John,” Trudeau told mourners. “His legacy calls on us not to wait for change to happen but to stand up and build a better country for everyone.”
Turner died at age 91 on Sept. 19.
Marc Kealey, a former aide speaking on behalf of Turner’s relatives as a family friend, told the Canadian Press that Turner died peacefully in his sleep at home.
He had spent decades in politics, serving as solicitor general and justice and finance ministers before his brief stint as prime minister in 1984. Turner governed for just 79 days in the summer after a difficult, decades-long climb to the top job.
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