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Stephen Lewis

Canadian politician

1937   -  

country of citizenship: Canada
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: University of Toronto
occupation: diplomat, politician, radio personality
award received: Companion of the Order of Canada
position held: United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament, Leader of the Opposition, ambassador

Stephen Henry Lewis (born November 11, 1937) is a Canadian politician, public speaker, broadcaster and diplomat. He was the leader of the social democratic Ontario New Democratic Party for most of the 1970s. During many of those years as leader, his father David Lewis was simultaneously the leader of the federal New Democratic Party. After politics, he became a broadcaster on both CBC Radio and Toronto's Citytv. In the mid-1980s, he was appointed as Canada's United Nations ambassador, by Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He quit in 1988 and worked at various United Nations agencies during the 1990s. In the 2000s, he served a term as the United Nations' special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. In 2003, he gained investiture into the Order of Canada. As of 2014, he is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.
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