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State funeral for former PM John Turner on Tuesday, COVID-19 to limit attendance

Last Updated Oct 6, 2020 at 7:23 am MDT

Former prime minister John Turner looks on during a photo op to mark the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of the first Parliament of Canada, in Ottawa on Nov. 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

OTTAWA – Former Liberal prime minister John Turner is being laid to rest in Toronto on Tuesday.

A state funeral will precede the internment.

About 170 invited guests are expected to attend the funeral at the recently renovated St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica.

Organizers have limited the guest list in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Turner died at age 91 on Sept. 19.

He had spent decades in politics, serving as solicitor general and justice and finance ministers before his brief stint as prime minister in 1984.