Michael Wilson, ex-Canadian foreign minister who negotiated NAFTA, dies
By Tyler Choi
TORONTO (Reuters) - Michael Wilson, Canada's former finance minister and U.S. ambassador, who led the negotiations on the original NAFTA trade deal, has died at 81, the University of Toronto, where Wilson last served as chancellor, said on Sunday.
Wilson first entered politics as a member of Parliament in the Toronto area in 1979 and served under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as minister of finance from 1984 to 1991. He was later appointed as the minister of industry, science and technology and minister of international trade, shaping the North American Free Trade Agreement talks between Canada, Mexico and the United States.
"Michael Wilson's dedicated service to Canadians - including his important work as Minister, Ambassador, and passionate advocate for mental health - will leave a lasting impact on our country," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.
Wilson left politics in 1993 for a career in business, but returned as ambassador to the United States from 2006 to 2009 under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Wilson then served as chancellor of the University of Toronto from 2012 to 2018.
University of Toronto President Meric Gertler described Wilson as a "triathlete" par excellence for his time in politics, business and volunteer work. Wilson was a mental health advocate after the death of his son Cameron from depression and suicide, and chaired the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2015.
Wilson was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 2003 and promoted to companion of the Order of Canada in 2010. Wilson is survived by his wife Margie and son Geoff.
(Reporting by Tyler Choi; Editing by Dan Grebler)
More Top Stories
CBS’s Lara Logan Calls Media ‘Mostly Liberal’ in Scorched Earth Interview: I’m Committing ‘Professional Suicide’
In a recent interview, CBS News Foreign Correspondent Lara Logancritiqued the international “liberal” media while holding up outlets like Breitbart as the opposite side of …read more
An ambush by gunmen from a faction of Los Zetas killed one Mexican soldier and injured two others in Nuevo Laredo.read more
Former top FBI official Andrew McCabe decried the “relentless attack” he said U.S. President Donald Trump has launched against the agency, according to released excerpts …read more
The commander of U.S.-backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1,000 to 1,500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic …read more
U.S. President Donald Trump will say in a speech on Monday that Venezuela’s path toward democracy is irreversible and that Venezuelan military officials should work …read more
Seven Labour lawmakers quit Britain’s main opposition party on Monday over leader Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism, saying Labour had …read more