Stephen Lewis

Born Nov 11, 1937

Stephen Henry Lewis, CC is a Canadian politician, broadcaster and diplomat. He was the leader of the social democratic Ontario New Democratic Party for most of the 1970s. During many of the 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.… Read More

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1937 Birth Stephen Lewis was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 11, 1937, to Sophie Lewis (née Carson) and David Lewis. … Read More


1950 12 Years Old When his family moved to Toronto in 1950, he attended secondary school first at Toronto's Oakwood Collegiate, and then his final three years of high school at Harbord Collegiate Institute.
1956 18 Years Old In 1956, he entered the University of Toronto (UofT) where he became a member of the Hart House debating committee, and on 14 November 1957, debated the senator and future American president, John F. Kennedy, on the question, "Has the United States failed in its responsibilities as a world leader?" The Senator narrowly beat the Hart House team 204-194. … Read More


1963 25 Years Old He came back to Canada at the instigation of Tommy Douglas, and in 1963, at the age of 26, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.


1970 32 Years Old Following the engineered 1970 resignation of Donald C. MacDonald, Lewis was elected leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party.
1971 33 Years Old 1 More Event
His initial experience at the helm in the 1971 provincial election was a disappointment, with the party slipping from 20 seats to 19.
1972 34 Years Old Lewis felt that The Waffle was threatening the credibility and stability of the party and supported a movement against the group in June 1972 on the basis that it was a party within a party.
1975 37 Years Old Lewis led a strong campaign during the 1975 election with his oratory and passion bringing new supporters to the party. … Read More


1978 40 Years Old In 1978, a frustrated Lewis stepped down as party leader and as a Member of Provincial Parliament.
1984 46 Years Old After working for several years as a labour mediator, columnist and broadcaster, in 1984 Lewis was appointed Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations by Governor General Jeanne Sauvé, on the advice of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.


1988 50 Years Old Lewis served at the post until 1988. … Read More
1995 57 Years Old From 1995 to 1999, Lewis was Deputy Director of UNICEF.


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2005 67 Years Old He delivered the annual Massey Lecture in 2005, and it was published in book form under the title Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa. … Read More
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Also in 2006, he was elected a Senior Fellow of Massey College in the University of Toronto.
2007 69 Years Old In 2007, Lewis received the World Citizenship Award, from the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, as well as the Health and Human Rights Leadership Award from Doctors of the World-USA. … Read More
2009 71 Years Old In 2009, Lewis strongly criticized Pope Benedict XVI's assertion that condom use only makes the AIDS crisis worse. … Read More
2013 75 Years Old In 2013, The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto presented Stephen Lewis with the Bonham Centre Award, recognizing his contribution to the advancement and education of human rights issues surrounding sexual education. … Read More
2014 76 Years Old …  As of 2014, he is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.
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