Campbell Becomes Canada’s First Woman Prime Minister (Great Events from History: North American Series)
Article abstract: The decisive defeat of the Progressive Conservatives yields the first administration headed by a woman.
Summary of Event
Three individuals served as Canada’s prime minister during 1993, including Kim Campbell, the first woman to hold this office. Born on March 10, 1947, in British Columbia, Campbell studied at the University of British Columbia and the London School of Economics. She earned a law degree in 1983. Between 1983 and 1988, Campbell participated in British Columbia’s politics, and was elected to the provincial legislative assembly. Campbell was elected to Canada’s House of Commons in 1988 to represent a Vancouver district. As a Progressive Conservative Party member, she supported the leadership and program of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
Her abilities and reputation eventually led to several cabinet appointments. After working in the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, she was named Canada’s minister of justice in 1990. In January, 1993, she became minister of national defence. After more than eight years in office, Mulroney, in February, 1993, announced his decision to resign as Canada’s prime minister and as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. His decision was for personal reasons, compounded by low public opinion polls indicating his continuing as prime minister would be a serious detriment to the party’s chances in the 1993 parliamentary...
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