Monday, June 27, 2011

Kim Campbell

The 19th Prime Minister of Canada

"In a democracy, government isn't something that a small group of people do to everybody else, it's not even something they do for everybody else, it should be something they do with everybody else." - Kim Campbell, March 25, 1993

Since 1867, Canada has had 23 different prime ministers with one prime minister being a woman. Kim Campbell replaced Brian Mulroney and was Prime Minister of Canada for a total of 132 days in 1993. She lost the election to Jean Chrétien.

Born Avril Phædra Douglas "Kim" Campbell in 1947 in Port Alberni, B.C.

Is a Canadian politician, lawyer, university professor, diplomat, and writer.

Served as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada from June 25, 1993, to November 4, 1993 (132 days). She was 46 years old.

Spent much of her life breaking barriers for women. Is widely regarded as one of the foremost thinkers and speakers on gender issues in the world.

Kim Campbell Firsts
  • First and to date the only female Prime Minister of Canada.
  • First baby boomer to hold the office of Prime Minister.
  • First and only PM to have been born in British Columbia.
  • Frst female Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1990–1993).
  • First female Minister of National Defence under Brian Mulroney in 1993.
  • First female president of her freshman class at UBC in 1969.
  • First female student president of her high school in 1964.

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