Chris Axworthy

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Chris Axworthy

Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
for Saskatoon Fairview
In office
June 28, 1999 – November 5, 2003
Preceded byBob Mitchell
Succeeded byAndy Iwanchuk
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar
Saskatoon—Clark's Crossing (1988-1997)
In office
November 21, 1988 – June 1, 1999
Preceded byRay Hnatyshyn[1]
Succeeded byDennis Gruending
Personal details
Born (1947-03-10) March 10, 1947 (age 72)
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Political party

Christopher S. Axworthy, QC (born March 10, 1947, Plymouth, United Kingdom)[2] 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.[2] In 2003 he returned to the University of Saskatchewan as a professor of law, where he taught until the spring of 2008.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[3] After Romanow stepped down, Axworthy ran against Lorne Calvert for the provincial NDP leadership convention and finished second.[7][8]

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. ^ Saskatoon West
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David. Why Chris Axworthy feels at home. The Globe and Mail. October 30, 1999. p. A22
  3. ^ a b College of Law: Faculty and Staff Directory. Chris Axworthy.
  4. ^ University of Manitoba: Faculty of Law Archived 2008-06-28 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^
  6. ^ NDP retains two ridings. The Globe and Mail. June 29, 1999. p. A5.
  7. ^ Adams, Paul. Race tests Saskatchewan NDP. The Globe and Mail. January 26, 2001. p. A4
  8. ^ Girard, Daniel. Calvert's first job to renegotiate coalition. The Toronto Star. January 29, 2001. p. A06.

External links[edit]

Saskatchewan Provincial Government of Lorne Calvert
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Pat Lorje Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
October 12, 2001–January 21, 2003
Ron Osika
Ron Osika
Roy Romanow
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
December 5, 2002–January 21, 2003
February 8, 2001–March 26, 2002
Ron Osika
Ron Osika
cont'd from Romanow Ministry Minister of Justice and Attorney General
February 8, 2001–January 21, 2003
John Nilson
Saskatchewan Provincial Government of Roy Romanow
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
John Nilson Minister of Justice and Attorney General
September 30, 1999–February 8, 2001
cont'd into Calvert Ministry