Tom Axworthy

Thomas S. Axworthy, usually called Tom Axworthy in Canadian mass media, is a Liberal Party of Canada strategist presently heading the LPC Renewal Commission in preparation for a report in September.

He was an outspoken critic of the centralization of policy power in that party - see Life in Our Parties.

political associations

Axworthy was a close political associate of Paul Martin.

From 1981 to 1984, Dr. Axworthy was Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau.

He advocates some elements of open politics itself:

Among these, a longer series of issue-themed debates among not just the Canadian federal party leaders, but among the Issue Advocates that make up their Shadow Cabinet. These would include at least six debates, and would be organized by citizens sorting through questions provided by citizens. Journalists could host, but would be responsible to a citizens' panel.



Axworthy received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Queen's University in 1970 and 1979 respectively and was a visiting student at Nuffield College, Oxford University, in 1972-73.

charity work

Thomas S. Axworthy is the former Executive Director of The Historica Foundation of Canada, a Toronto-based charitable organization with the mission to foster the enhancement of Canadianism.

In recognition of his outstanding achievement and service in the field of history and heritage, Dr. Axworthy is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

academic and industry

From 1991 to 2003, he was an Adjunct Lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he continues to teach as part of their overseas executive program. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University, where he is Chairman of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen's University.

Since 2001, he has served as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.


Dr. Axworthy is also the author and editor of several books and numerous articles, including
  • Our American Cousins: The United States Through Canadian Eyes (Toronto: James Lorimer & Co., 1987),
  • Marching to a Different Drummer: An Essay on the Liberals and Conservatives in Convention (Toronto: Stoddart, 1988),
  • Towards a Just Society: The Trudeau Years (Markham: Penguin Books, 1990) and
  • Searching for the New Liberalism: Perspectives, Policies, Prospects (Oakville: Mosaic Press, 2003)


His firm axiomstrategy.com apparently has taken on some responsibility for the Liberal Party of Canada's renewal.