Lloyd Axworthy

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The Honourable
Lloyd Axworthy
PC OC OM
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 6, 2004
Chancellor Sanford Riley
Bob Silver
Preceded by Patrick Deane (acting)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
January 25, 1996 – October 16, 2000
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Preceded by André Ouellet
Succeeded by John Manley
Minister of Employment and Immigration
In office
November 4, 1993 – January 24, 1996
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Bernard Valcourt
Succeeded by Doug Young
In office
March 3, 1980 – August 11, 1983
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
Preceded by Ron Atkey
Succeeded by John Roberts
Minister of Labour
In office
November 4, 1993 – February 21, 1995
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Bernard Valcourt
Succeeded by Lucienne Robillard
Minister of Transport
In office
August 12, 1983 – September 16, 1984
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
John Turner
Preceded by Jean-Luc Pépin
Succeeded by Don Mazankowski
Member of the House of Commons of Canada
In office
November 21, 1988 – November 27, 2000
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by Anita Neville
Constituency Winnipeg South Centre
In office
May 22, 1979 – November 21, 1988
Preceded by Sidney Spivak
Succeeded by constituency abolished
Constituency Winnipeg—Fort Garry
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
In office
June 28, 1973 – April 6, 1979
Preceded by Inez Trueman
Succeeded by June Westbury
Constituency Fort Rouge
Personal details
Born Lloyd Norman Axworthy
(1939-12-21) December 21, 1939 (age 74)
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Political party Liberal
Other political
affiliations
New Democratic Party
Alma mater United College
Princeton University
Occupation Academic, author
Religion United Church of Canada

Lloyd Norman Axworthy, PC OC OM (born December 21, 1939) is a Canadian politician, statesman and academic. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Axworthy is currently President of the University of Winnipeg.

Biography

Axworthy was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan to a family with strong United Church roots, and received his BA from United College, a Winnipeg based Bible school, in 1961. He received his MA and PhD from Princeton University in 1963 and 1972 respectively, returning to Canada to teach at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. At the latter, he also became the director of the Institute of Urban Affairs.[1][2] His approach to urban renewal has been described in architectural circles as Gentrification Modernism[3] or post-Dickensianism.[4]

Early political career

Axworthy became involved in politics during the 1950s, becoming a member of the Liberal Party after attending a speech by Lester B. Pearson. He briefly aligned himself with the New Democratic Party (NDP) in the 1960s when Pearson, as federal opposition leader, called for American Bomarc nuclear warheads to be allowed on Canadian soil. He soon returned to the Liberal fold, however, and worked as an executive assistant for John Turner;[citation needed] he supported Turner's bid to become party leader at the 1968 leadership convention.

Axworthy ran for the party in Winnipeg North Centre in the 1968 election, finishing second against veteran NDP Member of Parliament (MP) Stanley Knowles. He first ran for the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 1966 election, placing second to Progressive Conservative Douglas Stanes in St. James. In the 1973 election, he was elected as a Manitoba Liberal in Fort Rouge, He was re-elected in the 1977 election, and was the only Liberal in the legislature from 1977 to 1979.

Federal government

He resigned from the Manitoba legislature on April 6, 1979 to run for the federal House of Commons, and in the 1979 election narrowly defeated former provincial PC leader Sidney Spivak in Winnipeg—Fort Garry. He was re-elected in the 1980 election, becoming the only Liberal MP west of Ontario. He was promoted to cabinet under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, serving as Minister of Employment and Immigration, and then as Minister of Transport.

In the Liberal defeat in the 1984 election, Axworthy was one of only two Liberals west of Ontario to be elected (the other being then Liberal leader John Turner). Axworthy played a role in opposition, supporting tough on crime policies, but also supporting fiscal conservatism by critiquing the fiscal taxation policy of Brian Mulroney. He was an especially vocal critic of the Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement, and countenanced Canadian paternalism in international trade.

When the Liberals returned to power in 1993 under Jean Chrétien, Axworthy became a Cabinet minister. After the election, he was given responsibility for the Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), and launched changes in employment insurance. Although his main interest was urban renewal,in a 1996 cabinet shuffle, he became Minister of Foreign Affairs. He helped establish the Ottawa Treaty that bans anti-personnel land mines. He also lent his voice to the campaign against the use of child soldiers and the international trade in light weapons.

In February 1999 and April 2000, Axworthy was President of the United Nations Security Council with Canada's Ambassador to the UN Robert Fowler.

Honours and awards

In 1997, Axworthy was nominated by United States Senator Patrick Leahy to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on banning land mines.[1]. He did not win, but was thanked by the recipients, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, as having been instrumental in their effort.[5] In 1998 he was one of the two winners of the North–South Prize.[6] In 2003, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada[7] and elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[8]

On October 15, 2012, Elder, Dr. Tobasonakwut Kinew and, Dr. Phil Fontaine, honoured Axworthy - Waapshki Pinaysee Inini, Free Range Frog Man, at a sacred Pipe Ceremony.[9] Axworthy was recognized for his commitment to creating an inclusive learning experience that reflects Indigenous cultures and traditions at UWinnipeg. The ceremony was led by Anishinaabe Elder Fred Kelly and "gangsta rapper"[10]/hip hop artist,[11] Wabanakwut Kinew.[12]

After politics

In September 2000, Axworthy returned to academia, joining the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. He has published Navigating A New World, a book on the uses of "soft power".

In May 2004, he was appointed to his current position as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.

Axworthy is Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch. He also serves on the advisory council of USC Center on Public Diplomacy and of Fair Vote Canada, and is an endorser of the Genocide Intervention Network and International Student Exchange, Ontario. In 2006, Axworthy was elected to the Board of Directors of Hudbay Minerals, Inc.[13]

Publications

  • Navigating a New World, Knopf Canada Publishing, 2004
  • Liberals at the Border, University of Toronto Press, 2004
  • The Axworthy Legacy, Edited by O. Hampson, N. Hillmer, M. Appel Molot, Oxford University Press, 2001
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams: A 40 Year Journey through Portage Avenue - Displacement, Dislocation, and How Osmosis Can Resolve Community Blight', Rattray Canada Publishing, 2014 (In Press)

References

External links

26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet Posts (4)
Predecessor Office Successor
André Ouellet Minister of Foreign Affairs
1996–2000
John Manley
Larry Schneider Minister of Western Economic Diversification
1993–1996
John Manley
Bernard Valcourt Minister of Employment and Immigration
1993–1996
styled as
Minister of Human Resources Development
Doug Young
Bernard Valcourt Minister of Labour
1993–1995
styled as
Minister of Human Resources Development
Lucienne Robillard
23rd Ministry – Cabinet of John Turner
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
cont'd from 22nd Min. Minister of Transport
1984
Don Mazankowski
22nd Ministry – Second cabinet of Pierre Trudeau
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Jean-Luc Pépin Minister of Transport
1983–1984
cont'd into 23rd Min.
Ron Atkey Minister of Employment and Immigration
1980–1983
John Roberts
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor
Title Successor
David MacDonald Minister responsible for the Status of Women
1980–1981
Judy Erola
Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
Preceded by
Inez Trueman
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Fort Rouge
1973–1979
Succeeded by
June Westbury
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Sidney Spivak
Member of Parliament for Winnipeg—Fort Garry
1979–1988
Succeeded by
This electoral district was abolished in 1987
Preceded by
This electoral district was created in 1987
Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre
1988–2000
Succeeded by
Anita Neville
Academic offices
Preceded by
Patrick Deane (acting)
President of the University of Winnipeg
June 6, 2004–present
Incumbent