Previously published in Examiner
Part 8 of the Kim Campbell series
This series will now look at the only female prime minister of Canada. The series will end with three male governors of Quebec, so important to Montreal men and women’s history and the three female governor generals of Canada. Two of the three females came from Montreal.
To learn more about Canadian Prime Ministers and other Canadian or Quebec politics, both McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal offer wonderful political science degrees, that you may want to look into.
For further reading, Montreal’s Concordia University has a wonderful women’s studies program at the Simone do Beauvoir Institute
Margaret Thatcher was the only female prime minister of the UK to date and Kim Campbell was the only female prime of Canada. Unlike Thatcher, Kim Campbell, had the third shortest term in Office; serving for only 140 days. Montreal women were disappointment with her defeat regardless of what political party they favoured. This was the first woman Prime Minister of Canada and an icon for all women.
Kim Campbell: Life After Politics and Honorable Mentions
The Somali Affair
The Somali Affair was a disgrace upon Canada. It happened while Kim Campbell was minister of defense. Two Canadian soldiers were charged with beating a young teenage Somalian to death. When the Liberal Government came to power they ordered a public inquiry.
These soldiers were part of a humanitarian mandate, not soldiers of war. Photos leaked out and lead to a full investigation of the Canadian Airborne Regiment. The inquiry led to the disbanding of this regiment and the reduction of Canadian military. This was disheartening for the Canadian military and brought shame to Canada on a domestic and International level.
After her time as Prime Minister
Kim Campbell became more population and celebrated after her defeat.
Canadian Women’s Magazine, Chatelaine, named Kim Campbell the woman of the year for 1993.
Campbell published her autobiography, Time and Chance, in 1996. It remained a best seller in Canada and is now in its third printing.
1999 ‘” 2003, Kim Campbell chaired the Council of Women World Leaders
Campbell was appointed by the Canadian Liberal government to the position of Consul to Los Angeles, where she remained until 2000.
From 2001 to 2004 she taught political science, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.