Francis Fox
Secretary of State for Canada
In office
March 3, 1980 – September 21, 1981
Prime MinisterPierre Trudeau
Preceded byDavid MacDonald
Succeeded byGerald Regan
Minister of Communications
In office
March 3, 1980 – June 29, 1984
Prime MinisterPierre Trudeau
Preceded byDavid MacDonald
Succeeded byEd Lumley
Solicitor General of Canada
In office
September 14, 1976 – January 27, 1978
Prime MinisterPierre Trudeau
Preceded byWarren Allmand
Succeeded byJean-Jacques Blais
Senator for Victoria, Quebec
In office
August 29, 2005 – December 2, 2011
Appointed byPaul Martin
Preceded byLeo Kolber
Succeeded byJean-Guy Dagenais
Member of Parliament
for Blainville—Deux-Montagnes
(Argenteuil—Deux-Montagnes; 1972–1979)
In office
October 30, 1972 – September 4, 1984
Preceded byRiding established
Succeeded byMonique Landry
Personal details
Born (1939-12-02) December 2, 1939 (age 82)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal
CabinetMinister for International Trade (1984)
Secretary of State of Canada (1980–1981)
Minister of Communications (1980–1984)
Solicitor General of Canada (1976–1978)
PortfolioParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (1975–1976)

Francis Fox PC QC (born December 2, 1939) is a former member of the Senate of Canada, Canadian Cabinet minister, and Principal Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, and thus was a senior aide to Prime Minister Paul Martin. He also worked as a lobbyist in the 1980s.

Life and career

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Fox is a lawyer by training. He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1972 election as a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Argenteuil—Deux-Montagnes, Quebec. He was re-elected in the 1974 election from the same constituency. In the 1979 and 1980 elections, he was returned as MP for Blainville—Deux-Montagnes before being defeated in that riding in the 1984 election.

Fox was appointed to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1976 when he became Solicitor General of Canada. Bilingual, Fox was seen as an up-and-comer in the Liberal cabinet, and even a potential party leader. However, he was forced to resign on January 27, 1978, when it became known that he had forged the signature of his then-girlfriend's husband on a form granting permission for her to have an abortion. Although he was married at the time of the scandal, he subsequently divorced his wife (m. 1965), Joan Pennefather.[1] He later married a subsequent girlfriend, Vivian Case (b. 1950). He is currently married (~1979) to Case, who is an artist, and has three children.

Fox returned to Cabinet after the 1980 election when Trudeau appointed him to the position of Secretary of State for Canada and Minister of Communications. He then served as Minister of International Trade in 1984 in the short-lived government of Trudeau's successor, John Turner.

With the defeat of the Turner government and the loss of his own seat, Fox returned to the private sector. He became a lobbyist, and a member of Government Consultants International, a consulting firm, with Frank Moores, Gary Ouellet, and Gerald Doucet. Subsequently, he was a senior partner in the law firm of Martineau Walker, and later as an executive at Rogers AT&T Wireless.

In 2003, Fox became a senior member of Paul Martin's transition team as he prepared to succeed Jean Chrétien as prime minister. In 2004, Fox became Martin's principal secretary, but it was announced on August 18 that he would be leaving the position on October 1 in order to return to private life.

In private life, Fox served as the president of former minister Liza Frulla's riding. He was an early prominent supporter of former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.

Fox was appointed to the Senate on Martin's recommendation on August 29, 2005, and announced his resignation on November 30, 2011, effective December 2.[2]


  1. ^ "Canadian official resigns". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. Jan 31, 1978. p. 7. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Francis Fox cites family reasons for early resignation from Senate". Huffington Post. Canadian Press. November 30, 2011.