Previously published in Examiner
Part 2 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.
Education and early career
Again another first for Kim Campbell resulted from being the first female president of her freshman class at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In 1969, she obtained her BA in political science. After graduation, she completed a year of graduate studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to prepare for her doctorate degree. In 1970, she went on to the London School of Economics to study Soviet Government. She spent three months in Soviet Union and was near-fluent in Russian. Kim Campbell left her studies to return to Vancouver and marry Nathan Divinsky, mathematician, and master chess player.
She went back to the University of British Columbia for her Bachelor of Law degree which she completed in 1983. She practiced law from 1984 to 1986. Kim Campbell lectured on political science at UBC’s Vancouver Community College.
Her entrance into politics happened in 1983, when she served as the chair of the Vancouver School Board. She continued as vice chair in 1984.
In 1983, Kim Campbell divorced Divinsky and married Howard Eddy and once again divorced just before becoming prime minister of Canada. Kim Campbell is one of two prime ministers of Canada to divorce. Pierre Trudeau was the first. Campbell is currently in a common law relationship with Hershey Felder, concert pianist, composer, playwright, and actor.