Liberal Party of Canada leadership election, 1984

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Liberal leadership election, 1984
Date June 16, 1984
Convention Ottawa
Resigning leader Pierre Trudeau
Won by John Turner
Ballots 2
Candidates 7

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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.


Jean Chrétien[edit]

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.

Don Johnston[edit]

Johnston, MP for Westmount, was President of the Treasury Board, served in several other positions.

Mark MacGuigan[edit]

MacGuigan, long-serving MP from Windsor-Walkerville, was the Minister of Justice and was a former Minister of External Affairs.

John Munro[edit]

Munro, a long-serving MP from Hamilton East, was Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

John Roberts[edit]

Roberts, MP for St. Paul's, was Minister of Employment and Immigration.

John Turner[edit]

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.

Eugene Whelan[edit]

Whelan, MP for Essex-Windsor, was Minister of Agriculture.


First ballot
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.

Second ballot
TURNER, John Napier 1,862 (54%)
CHRÉTIEN, Joseph Jacques Jean 1,398 (40%)
JOHNSTON, Donald James 192 (6%)
Spoiled ballots 1
Total votes cast 3,453