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Lloyd Norman Axworthy

Born: 1939 AD
Currently alive, at 75 years of age.

Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Politician


1939 - Born on the 21st of December in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada.

1961 - Received his BA from the University of Winnipeg (then known as United College).

1963 - He received his MA and Ph.D from Princeton University.

1966 - He first ran for the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 66' election, placing second to Progressive Conservative Douglas Stanes in St. James.

1968 - Supported Turner's bid to become party leader at the leadership convention.

       - Ran for the party in Winnipeg North Centre in the 68' election, and finished a surprisingly strong second against veteran NDP Member of Parliament (MP) Stanley Knowles.

1972 - Respectively, returning to Canada to teach at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.

       - He is also a member of The Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

1973 - He was elected as a Manitoba Liberal in Fort Rouge, a riding that bordered on the one held by party leader Izzy Asper.

1979 - He resigned on April 6th of the latter year to run for the federal House of Commons, and in the election narrowly defeated former provincial PC leader Sidney Spivak in Winnipeg—Fort Garry.

1980 - Became a cabinet minister in the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

       - He served first as Minister of Employment and Immigration, and then as Minister of Transport.

1984 - He was one of only two Liberals west of Ontario to be elected (the other being then Liberal leader John Turner).

1996 - He became Minister of Foreign Affairs.

1997 - He was nominated by United States Senator Patrick Leahy to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on banning land mines.

1999 - Supported Canada's involvement in NATO's bombing campaign of Yugoslavia over the issue of Kosovo.

2000 - Retired from public life and returned to academia, joining the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia.

2003 - He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

2004 - He was appointed to his current job as president of the University of Winnipeg.

2005 - Gave a lecture entitled "The Responsibility to Protect: Prescription for a Global Public Domain" at the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series.

2006 - Supported Bob Rae's bid for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, but supported Stéphane Dion after Rae dropped off the ballot.

2007 - He is currently the Chair of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen's University and an adjunct lecturer at the School of Policy Studies at Queen's.


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