When a book 'written with acid' made headlines in Ottawa
Greg Weston's 'Reign of Error' drew headlines, scorn from some Liberals upon publication
Unfortunately for Turner, it was not the kind of book that would help generate good publicity for him.
No plans to buy extra copies
'Some unflattering parts in it'
Others in the Liberal party also were upset by what was in Weston's book — though most of the people he'd spoken to after the book was published didn't take issue with the overall work.
Weston said some Liberal MPs had claimed they did not say what Weston quoted them saying, but he had the interview transcripts to back up his work — which he would share publicly, if necessary.
"I don't mind fair criticism. I don't like someone saying: 'I never said' what they said, or that a story is completely untrue that someone told me and told me with authority," said Weston.
No response received
Turner did not speak to Weston while he was working on Reign of Error, despite repeated efforts by the journalist to reach him.
Weston said he was never told why the Liberal leader wouldn't talk to him.
"Mr. Turner's principal secretary, Peter Connolly, once told me that a reply to my letter was quote 'in the mail,'" said Weston. "Needless to say, I never received it."
In a 2011 biography of Turner, historian Paul Litt wrote that Reign of Error "sold well and kept doubts about Turner's leadership qualities in circulation."
When Canadians headed to the polls in November of 1988, the Liberals doubled their seat count, but did not form the government in Ottawa.
Turner, a former prime minister, would not lead the Liberals through another election. His eventual successor, Jean Chrétien, would lead the Liberals to power in the following election.