Liberal Party of Canada leadership election, 1984
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|Liberal leadership election, 1984|
|Date||June 16, 1984|
|Resigning leader||Pierre Trudeau|
|Won by||John Turner|
Liberal leadership elections
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A Liberal Party of Canada leadership election was called for June 16, 1984, to replace retiring Liberal leader and sitting Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The convention elected former Finance Minister John Turner, who at the time was not sitting in the House of Commons, as its leader on the second ballot, defeating another former finance minister, Jean Chrétien.
Chrétien, MP for Saint-Maurice, was Minister of State for Social Development and Minister Responsible for constitutional negotiations, playing a significant role in the patriation of the Constitution of Canada, and he had previously served in many other senior portfolios, including a time as Minister of Finance.
Johnston, MP for Westmount, was President of the Treasury Board, served in several other positions.
- Supporters in caucus (4 MPs, 1 Senator): Jack Burghardt, James Fleming, Bryce Mackasey, Raymond Savard and Sen. Gildas Molgat.
MacGuigan, long-serving MP from Windsor-Walkerville, was the Minister of Justice and was a former Minister of External Affairs.
Munro, a long-serving MP from Hamilton East, was Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
Roberts, MP for St. Paul's, was Minister of Employment and Immigration.
Turner, former MP for Ottawa-Orleans, resigned as Minister of Finance and 1975, and was a corporate lawyer on Bay Street until his return to politics in 1984. Turner had run for the leadership previously in 1968, placing third on the final ballot.
- Supporters in caucus (6 MPs): Transport Minister Lloyd Axworthy, Solicitor-General Bob Kaplan, International Trade Minister Gerald Regan, Minister of Regional Economic Expansion Ed Lumley, Minister for External Relations Jean-Luc Pépin, Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs Judy Erola.
Whelan, MP for Essex-Windsor, was Minister of Agriculture.
TURNER, John Napier 1,593 (46%)
CHRÉTIEN, Joseph Jacques Jean 1,067 (31%)
JOHNSTON, Donald James 278 (8%)
ROBERTS, John (Moody) 185
MACGUIGAN, Mark R. 135
MUNRO, John Carr 93
WHELAN, Eugene Francis 84
Spoiled ballots 2
Total votes cast 3,437
Whelan eliminated, supports Chrétien. MacGuigan withdraws and supports Turner. Munro and Roberts withdraw and support Chrétien.