Ron Irwin

Ronald A. Irwin, PC CM QC (born October 29, 1936) is a Canadian diplomat and former politician.

Ron Irwin

MP for Sault Ste. Marie
In office
Preceded byCyril Symes
Succeeded byJames Kelleher
MP for Sault Ste. Marie
In office
Preceded bySteve Butland
Succeeded byCarmen Provenzano
Personal details
BornOctober 29, 1936
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceSault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Occupationlawyer, municipal politician

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Irwin earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. While at the University of Western Ontario he joined the Sigma Kappa Sigma chapter of Delta Upsilon. From 1972 to 1974, he was mayor of Sault Ste. Marie. He has also served as a school trustee, alderman and director of the local Chamber of Commerce. From 1977 to 1980, he was a member of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Irwin was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1980 federal election as a Liberal. He served as parliamentary secretary to Jean Chrétien while the latter was Justice Minister. Irwin was defeated in the 1984 election but returned to Parliament in the 1993 election.

When the Liberals returned to power as a result of the 1993 election, Chrétien, now Prime Minister of Canada, appointed Irwin to the Cabinet as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. He retired from parliament in 1997.

Irwin served as a personal advisor to Prime Minister Chrétien from 1997 to 1998. He was appointed Ambassador to Ireland in 1998, and served until 2001. In 2001, Irwin was appointed Canada’s Consul General to Boston.

In 1975, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

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26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Pauline Browes Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Jane Stewart