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|MP for Sault Ste. Marie|
|Preceded by||Cyril Symes|
|Succeeded by||James Kelleher|
|Preceded by||Steve Butland|
|Succeeded by||Carmen Provenzano|
|Born||October 29, 1936|
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
|Died||December 5, 2020(aged 84)|
|Occupation||lawyer, municipal politician|
Ronald A. Irwin Canadian diplomat and politician.(October 29, 1936 – December 5, 2020) was a
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 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 Canadian Ambassador to Ireland in 1998, and served until 2001. In 2001, Irwin was appointed Canada’s Consul General to Boston.
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- "Ron Irwin passes away at age 84". SooToday. December 5, 2020. Retrieved December 6, 2020.