Lloyd Axworthy is best remembered as Canada's foreign affairs minister in the Jean Chr├ętien government, and earlier in several cabinet portfolios under Pierre Trudeau.

But Axworthy says it was his time in opposition, during a tour of Central America after his Liberal party lost the 1984 election, where he found the issue that troubled him most.

"In Nicaragua I watched 18 to 20 kids carving their own prosthetic devices from wood," he says. Their limbs had been blown away by landmines.

"I was very struck by what a pernicious weapon it was," Axworthy said in an interview in Waterloo yesterday.

Axworthy was at the...

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