Former PM John Turner retires from Miller Thomson

After several decades in law and politics, former prime minister John Turner is retiring, Miller Thomson LLP announced yesterday. 

Turner, the 17th prime minister of Canada, joined Miller Thomson as a partner 23 years ago. The retired politician is now 83 years old.

Turner served in the House of Commons for nearly 25 years after being elected in three different provinces: Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec. He also held positions as minister of justice, attorney general of Canada, minister of finance, and leader of the Official Opposition as a member of the Liberal party.

After resigning as an opposition leader, the father of four joined Miller Thomson, where he worked in the firm’s business law group. His practice areas included business law, litigation, and tax matters.

“The partners of Miller Thomson LLP wish to acknowledge the recent retirement of the Right Honourable John N. Turner P.C., C.C., Q.C. from the partnership and the firm,” the law firm said in a press release. 

When Turner joined Miller Thomson in 1990, the firm only had 60 lawyers.

“He immediately played a significant role in enhancing the firm’s image, stature, and client base to enable it to grow to the 450-plus lawyer national firm it is today,” Miller Thomson said.

“For these, and all his other tangible and intangible contributions to our clients, lawyers, students, and support staff over the past 23 years, Miller Thomson is deeply grateful.”

In 2004, then-prime minister Paul Martin asked Turner to lead the Canadian delegation to the Ukraine to oversee the election the country held in December of that year. He was also appointed a companion of the Order of Canada

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