Kim Campbell Quotes

19th Prime Minister of Canada

Kim Campbell

From June 25 to November 4, 1993, Kim Campbell served as the 19th prime minister of Canada. She is the first and only female prime minister of Canada. In addition to becoming the last Progressive Conservative (PC) prime minister, she also became Canada's first female minister of justice and the first female minister of defence in a NATO country.

In 1986, Campbell was elected to the British Columbia Legislative Assembly as a member of the British Columbia Social Credit Party, and in 1988 he was elected to the House of Commons as a Liberal. From 1990 to 1993, she held numerous cabinet positions under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, including Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of National Defence.

28:00 mins video of Kim Campbell


1. Canada is the homeland of equality, justice and tolerance.

2. I'd be prouder still to say I was Canada's 10th woman prime minister.

3. I have always believed governments must adapt to the needs of the people, not the other way around.

4. We have to define and put into practice a better, more coherent and effective policy on income security.

5. It would be naive to imagine we have solved all our income security problems simply because the roles of the federal and provincial governments in the area of skills training have been clarified.

6. To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions.

7. For me, unemployment and poverty in the Greater Montreal area is not mainly a problem of structure, or design, or statistics. It is a profoundly human situation.

8. Canadians want to see real hope restored, not false hopes raised.

9. There is no greater honour than to serve Canadians.

10. I believe that Canadians have the common sense to see that a better future cannot be built on fragmentation.

11. I know Quebecers don't want to relive old battles; they prefer to build for the future.

12. For too many, to work means having less income.

13. Governments allocate enormous resources for social programs. And it is true that for many years we have had one of the best social service systems in the world. Yet we are still incapable of meeting the needs of tens of thousands of Canadian families.

14. Government cannot and must not replace private initiative.

15. On the same day I was sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada, I announced the most sweeping reform ever undertaken in the structure of our federal government.