Elusive Destiny

Elusive Destiny

The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner

Book - 2011
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A political biography extraordinaire, Elusive Destiny reveals the inner workings of the Liberal Party in its heyday as charted through the meteoric rise and fall of John Napier Turner. It highlights Turner's vision for the country and tallies the political price he paid when he deviated from the Trudeau legacy on matters such as language rights, social spending, and Quebec. It also provides a new perspective on federal politics from the 1960s through the 1980s while giving John Turner his rightful place in Canadian history.

Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : UBC Press, ©2011.
ISBN: 9780774822640
Characteristics: xi, 494 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm.


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Sep 03, 2015

A fine book about one of Canada's elder statespersons. After a number of cabinet posts, he ran twice for Prime Minister, but he just couldn't quite get his groove during his first run in 1984, then put up the fight of his life in 1988 over free trade (which he opposed) and still lost, but wound up a voice of conscience regardless. A lifetime of public service. In his 80s, he is still greatly respected. He is one of the last operators who believed in ethics. Since then, all of his successors have not quite lived up to his bar.

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