Brother Iain points out a truth related to the Dion doltosity and the rush to shout "Jack Hughes!" that also points out many things about the GOTCHA! world of both politics and internet discourse: Turner was a Brit.
Not the words one would expect to hear from a former company director on the subject of Free Trade. But despite his many years in business, John Turner's vision of Canada went beyond mere dollars and cents. He understood the risks involved in signing the Free Trade Agreement and he fought valiantly to persuade Canadians to defeat the party supporting it. And he almost won.How could we bear such a blot on the nation? What fools we were before wikiality!
John Napier Turner was born in 1929 in Richmond, Surrey, just outside of London, England. His English father was a gunsmith. Turner might have grown up British had his father not died when John was only three years old. Turner's mother, Phyllis, was Canadian, and she returned to her home town of Rossland, B.C. after her husband's death. The following year, she was offered a job with the Tariff Board in Ottawa. Phyllis Turner began her distinguished career as a civil servant and her children grew up in Ottawa.