Avril Phædra Douglas "Kim" Campbell
, (born March 10, 1947) is a Canadian politician
, university professor
, and writer
. She served as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada
, serving from June 25, 1993, to November 4, 1993 (132 days). Campbell was the first
and to date the only female Prime Minister of Canada, the first baby boomer
to hold that office, and the only PM to have been born in British Columbia
Campbell was born in Port Alberni
, British Columbia
to George Thomas Campbell (1920–2002) and Phyllis "Lisa" Cook. Her mother left the family when Campbell was 12, leaving Kim and her sister Alix to be raised by their father. As a teenager, Campbell permanently nicknamed herself Kim,
perhaps for actress Kim Novak
, The Prime Ministers of Canada,
(Toronto: Doubleday Canada Limited, 1997), p. 351. as well as because "Kim" resembles the first syllable of Campbell
when said in a Highlander accent (by a non-Highlander).
While in her pre-teens, Campbell was a host and reporter on the CBC
children's program Junior Television Club
Campbell and her family moved to Vancouver
, where she attended Prince of Wales Secondary School
, and was a top student. She became the school's first female student president, and graduated in 1964.
University, early career
She earned an honours B.A.
degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia
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