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We had an option

In 1988, we had an option. In Elusive Destiny, his new biography of John Turner, author Paul Litt captures all the drama of the 1988 Canadian federal election, which the Liberal leader transformed into a referendum on free trade. After the fiasco of the 1984 election ("You had an option, sir"), Turner finally found his voice and his issue, in his opposition to free trade. He had a lot to overcome, including a plot in his own party to oust him in mid-campaign. But in the English leaders’ debate he scored heavily on Brian Mulroney: “I believe you have sold us out.”  Turner called it “the fight of my life.” And so it was, a gallant if ultimately losing campaign.

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