Minister of Foreign Affairs
PROFESSION: Lawyer, professor of law, teacher
First elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre (formerly Toronto Centre-Rosedale) in 1993, Bill Graham was re-elected in 1997 and 2000.
Throughout his time as an MP, Mr. Graham has always pushed for programs and initiatives of importance to the residents of Toronto Centre. He has been a champion in caucus and cabinet for increased funding for social housing, equal rights for gays and lesbians, and an agenda of crime prevention and safety for our cities.
He has earned special recognition from the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada for his exceptional service to the cause of co-operative housing in Toronto and has been named the “Best Local MP” by the readers of NOW Magazine six times.
In January 2002, Mr. Graham was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs. As minister, he has developed and implemented strategies to promote abroad the Government of Canada’s agenda of global peace and security, prosperity, and better worldwide understanding of the values, culture and capabilities of Canadians.
Following his reappointment to the portfolio by Prime Minister Paul Martin in December 2003, Mr. Graham is now leading a comprehensive and integrated review of Canada’s international policy.
Born in Montreal and raised in Vancouver, Mr. Graham practiced law in Toronto before teaching international law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Mr. Graham currently lives in the riding with his wife Catherine. They have two children, Katherine and Patrick, and three grandchildren.