John Turner & Political Leadership – What’s Old is News

By Sean Graham  In our premier episode, I’m joined by Steve Paikin of TVO’s The Agenda to talk about Prime Minister John Turner, whose lengthy career spanned the decriminalization of homosexuality and abortion, stagflation, and free trade. We discuss Turner’s career, legacy, and what we can learn about modern politics from studying Canada’s 17th Prime Minister.

Our discussion comes out of Steve’s new biography John Turner: An Intimate Biography of Canada’s 17th Prime Minister.

Historical Headline of the Week:

John Turner Maps his Future” – Maclean’s, September 17, 1984

Sean Graham is a media historian, Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, and a contributing editor with

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