Bill Graham

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and of National Defence, former Leader of the Opposition.

Bill Graham has served as Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Defence, and Leader of the Opposition and interim Leader of the Liberal Party. Having practiced international trade and commercial law both in Toronto and Paris through the 1960s and ’70s, he promoted bilingualism as an advisor to the implementation of bilingualism in Ontario provincial courts and as President of Alliance Française de Toronto from 1979 to 1987. Graham taught at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law from 1981 to 1993, when he was elected as a Liberal to the House of Commons. Graham was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister in 2002 and Defence Minister in 2004. He was appointed the Leader of the Opposition and interim Leader of the Liberal Party in 2006. Graham retired from the House of Commons in 2007. That year he was elected Chancellor of Trinity College, University of Toronto. He is also a Senior Fellow of Massey College and Visitor at Green College. He is also Chair of the Atlantic Council of Canada and a member of the Trilateral Commission. Graham is Co-Vice-Chair of the Canadian International Council. He is Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Governor General's Horse Guards, and in 2010 received an honourary doctorate from the Royal Military College of Canada.

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