Chris Axworthy

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Chris Axworthy
Saskatchewan Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
In office
Premier Lorne Calvert
Preceded by Pat Lorje
Succeeded by Ron Osika (acting)
Eldon Lautermilch
Saskatchewan Minister of Justice and Attorney General
In office
Premier Roy Romanow
Lorne Calvert
Preceded by John Nilson
Succeeded by John Nilson (acting)
Eric Cline
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
In office
Preceded by Bob Mitchell
Succeeded by Andy Iwanchuk
Constituency Saskatoon Fairview
Member of the House of Commons of Canada
In office
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by Dennis Gruending
Constituency Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar
In office
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by constituency abolished
Constituency Saskatoon—Clark's Crossing
Personal details
Born (1947-03-10) March 10, 1947 (age 68)
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Political party New Democratic Party
Other political
Liberal Party of Canada

Christopher S. Axworthy, QC (born March 10, 1947, Plymouth, United Kingdom[1]) is a Canadian politician.

After teaching law at the University of New Brunswick and Dalhousie Law School, Chris Axworthy came to Saskatoon in 1984 as the founding executive director of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives and as a professor of law at the University of Saskatchewan.[1] In 2003 he returned to the University of Saskatchewan as a professor of law, where he taught until the spring of 2008.[2] In the spring of 2008, he was appointed as Dean of Robson Hall (Faculty of Law - University of Manitoba) for a five-year term beginning on July 1, 2008.[3] He is also the President of the Institute of Parliamentary and Political Law. In May 2010, Axworthy assumed the position as the Founding Dean of Law at Thompson Rivers University's new law school, which opened in Fall 2011. On July 15, 2013 he resigned this position.[4]

Political career[edit]

He was elected as a Saskatchewan Member of Parliament for the New Democratic Party in 1988 and was re-elected in 1993 and 1997.

He resigned from the House of Commons on June 1, 1999 to join the cabinet of then Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow. He was elected as an MLA in a by-election as the Saskatchewan NDP MLA for the constituency of Saskatoon-Fairview with 64% of the vote.[5] He was also reelected three months later in a general election that same year. He served as Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.[2] After Romanow stepped down, Axworthy ran against Lorne Calvert for the provincial NDP leadership convention and finished second.[6][7]

Although he was an NDP member for his political career, he announced his bid for the Liberal nomination in the riding of Saskatoon—Wanuskewin on March 5, 2004. He received 32.58% of the vote, but lost to incumbent Conservative MP, Maurice Vellacott. He lost to Vellacott a second time in the 2006 federal election.


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David. Why Chris Axworthy feels at home. The Globe and Mail. October 30, 1999. p. A22
  2. ^ a b College of Law: Faculty and Staff Directory. Chris Axworthy.
  3. ^ University of Manitoba: Faculty of Law
  4. ^
  5. ^ NDP retains two ridings. The Globe and Mail. June 29, 1999. p. A5.
  6. ^ Adams, Paul. Race tests Saskatchewan NDP. The Globe and Mail. January 26, 2001. p. A4
  7. ^ Girard, Daniel. Calvert's first job to renegotiate coalition. The Toronto Star. January 29, 2001. p. A06.

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Political record[edit]

Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Riding was created in 1987
Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Clark's Crossing
Succeeded by
Riding was abolished in 1996
Preceded by
Riding was created in 1996
Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar
Succeeded by
Dennis Gruending, N.D.P.
Other offices
Preceded by
Bob Mitchell, Saskatchewan NDP
Member of the Legislative Assembly from Saskatoon-Fairview
Succeeded by
Andy Iwanchuk, Saskatchewan NDP