Lloyd Axworthy was first elected to the Canadian Parliament in May 1979, and was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Employment and Immigration (1980-1983), Minister Responsible for the Status of Women (1980-1982), and Minister of Transport (1983-1984). After the 1984 election, he was the Official Opposition Critic for Regional and Industrial Expansion and the Canadian Wheat Board (1984), Trade Critic and Deputy Critic for External Affairs (1985-1988), Liberal Critic for Trade (1989), Chairman of both the Liberal Trade Task Force and the Liberal Caucus Economic Policy Committee. In 1990, he was appointed Liberal Critic for External Affairs and Chairman of Liberal Caucus Committee on External Affairs and National Defence, and he was nominated Vice-Chairman of the House Standing Committee on External Affairs and International Trade in 1991. He served as Minister of Western Economic Diversification (November 1993-January 1996) and became Minister of Foreign Affairs on January 25, 1996. He resigned from Cabinet in the fall of 2000.

Mr. Axworthy obtained an MA in political science in 1963 from Princeton University and a PhD in 1972. He was a professor of political science at the University of Winnipeg from 1965-1967, and from 1969-1979, and from 1969-1973 he was Director of the University's Institute of Urban Studies.

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