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
From 2003 – 2005 Kim Campbell served as the President of the Washington, DC, based International Women’s Forum, for women of great achievement.
The official unveiling of her portrait for the parliamentary Prime Minister’s gallery was done on November 30, 2004. Campbell said she was deeply honoured. She exclaimed, “I really look forward to the day when there are many other female faces.”
In 2008, Kim Campbell was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada
The Kim Campbell Legacy
As Justice Minister Campbell brought in new rape legislation, clearly delineating the “no means no” and preventing the past of the rape victims to be explored during the trial, the legislation is called the Rape Shield Law.
Unfortunately, she never had the chance to actually sit in Parliament to enact new legislation. She did however, manage to revamp the federal cabinet structure downsizing where needed. In her book, “Time and Chance,” she blames Mulroney for knowing he had run the party into the ground and setting her up as a scapegoat to take the fall. Many Canadians and Montrealers agree that was why Quebec’s “pretty boy”, Jean Charest was not appointed leader. His reputation remained in tact. The party preferred that a female fall.