Bennett Campbell

Politician

1943 – 2008

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Who was Bennett Campbell?

William Bennett Campbell, PC was a politician and the 24th Premier of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Born in Montague, Prince Edward Island, Campbell was a teacher by profession before entering politics in 1970 and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island as a Liberal candidate. In 1972, he became Minister of Education; Provincial Secretary in 1974; and Minister of Finance in 1976.

When Liberal leader and PEI Premier Alexander B. Campbell announced his retirement, Bennett Campbell ran and won the Liberal leadership and was sworn in as Premier on September 18, 1978.

His government was defeated in the general election held the next year. He remained party leader and leader of the opposition until he decided to enter federal politics. He won the seat for Cardigan in the Canadian House of Commons through a 1981 by-election following the death of Daniel J. Macdonald. He also immediately took over Macdonald's cabinet portfolio and became Minister of Veterans Affairs in the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

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Born
Aug 27, 1943
Montague
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • Canada
Profession
Education
  • Saint Dunstan's University
Lived in
  • Cardigan
Died
Sep 11, 2008
Cardigan

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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