John Turner, 1929-2020

Posted On June 11, 2021

Issue date: June 7, 2021

Remembered by mourners at his state funeral for his integrity, humility and grace, the Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner (1929-2020) – Canada’s 17th prime minister – dedicated much of his life to public service.

First elected to the House of Commons in 1962, Turner spent nearly a decade as a cabinet minister under prime ministers Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Trudeau before taking the helm as prime minister in 1984. After the Liberals were defeated in the next election, he stayed on as leader of the Official Opposition for six years.

A corporate lawyer by trade, Turner advanced major justice reforms during his time as a politician and fought tirelessly for the environment. The stamp image, chosen by his family, shows another side of the former prime minister, who was an avid outdoorsman: at the literal helm on a sailing trip through Haida Gwaii in 1985.

Booklet of 10 stamps - John Turner, 1929-2020
  • Product #: 414166131
  • Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Paprika
  • Dimensions: 38 mm x 28 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
  • Quantity: 120,000
  • Illustration: Stamp, John Turner on a sailing trip with friends through Haida Gwaii, 1985; photo – Geills Turner; flag image – Shutterstock. Booklet cover and OFDC front, Peter Bregg | The Canadian Press.
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Official First Day Cover - John Turner, 1929-2020
  • Product #: 414166111
  • Layout: Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $9.20
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Paprika
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Quantity: 7,000
  • Illustration: Stamp, John Turner on a sailing trip with friends through Haida Gwaii, 1985; photo – Geills Turner; flag image – Shutterstock. Booklet cover and OFDC front, Peter Bregg | The Canadian Press.
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