Geills Turner
Geills McCrae Kilgour Turner (first name pronounced "Jill"; born December 23, 1937) is the wife of John Napier Turner, a former Prime Minister of Canada
Prime Minister of Canada
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. They have four children, one daughter and three sons.

Turner was born in Winnipeg
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, Canada, and is the primary municipality of the Winnipeg Capital Region, with more than half of Manitoba's population. It is located near the longitudinal centre of North America, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers .The name...

, Manitoba
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, and is the great-niece of John McCrae
John McCrae
Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres...

, author of the poem In Flanders Fields
In Flanders Fields
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, and the sister of long time Alberta
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 Member of Parliament
Member of Parliament
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 David Kilgour
David Kilgour
David Kilgour, PC is a former Canadian politician.Kilgour graduated from the University of Manitoba in economics in 1962 and the University of Toronto law school in 1966. From crown attorney in northern Alberta to Canadian Cabinet minister, Kilgour ended his 27 year tenure in the Canadian House of...

. She went to Harvard Business School
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 and was employed at IBM
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. Author Gordon Donaldson
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 called her an "upper-crust pretty [girl]".

Her contribution to John Turner's political life included being a "campaign worker" for him in the Canadian federal election of 1962
Canadian federal election, 1962
The Canadian federal election of 1962 was held on June 18, 1962 to elect members of the Canadian House of Commons of the 25th Parliament of Canada...

, and she "brought computer
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s into Turner's campaign."

Besides this, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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 states that "She was not keen to subsume her personality to further her husband’s goals, and for the most part stayed out of the spotlight." She also did not like the way she was portrayed in the press and therefore tried to stay away from it. In his book Birds of a Feather: The Press and the Politicians, Allan Fotheringham
Allan Fotheringham
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 claimed that Turner tried to exact her revenge on the press during the 1988 election campaign
Canadian federal election, 1988
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 by secretly taking photographs of journalists partying on a campaign bus
Campaign bus
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, with an eye toward publishing them in a magazine. The photographs were never subsequently published, however, and Fotheringham states that John Turner himself most likely killed the idea.

In 2001, Turner made news when she crashed her minivan and was charged for careless driving. She claimed that she had momentarily stopped driving responsibly to save her dog.

In March 2008 she brought an action in the Ontario Superior Court Justice against the City of Guelph claiming ownership of several McCrae medals donated to the McCrae House in 1997 and 2005. She is seeking to have personal possession of the medals. The action is ongoing.
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