Previously published in Examiner
Part 1 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.
The shortest term in office goes to Sir Charles Tupper whose term in office was from May 1, 1986 ‘” July 8, 1886. The second shortest term in office goes to John Turner who served for 70 days in office from June 30, 1984 to September 16, 1984.
The Early Years of Kim Campbell: Canada’s First Female Prime Minister
Kim Campbell served from June 25, 1993 to November 3, 1993. It is a shame that the only female prime minister of Canada enjoyed such a short term in Office. She really did not have a chance to show what a woman prime minister could do.
Even though Kim Campbell was born in Port Alberni, British Columbia on March 10, 1947, and not in Montreal or other parts of Quebec, like several other prime ministers of Canada she is remembered in Montreal as being the only female prime minister; a recognition for all women all across Canada.
Kim’s mother Phyllis left her father, George, and her girls, Alex and Kim, when Kim was only 12-years-old. The girls were then raised by their father. Kim was a reporter and host on a Canadian (CBC) show for children called Junior Television Club when she was still a preteen.
Later, she moved with her family to Vancouver where she attended Prince of Wales Secondary School. She was a top student and celebrated her first “first,” by becoming the first female student president. Kim Campbell graduated from the school in 1964.