Although we know Kim Campbell as a politician, her career started in acompletely different direction. After graduating from University, she became ateacher and then a lawyer before she decided to become involved in politics.
However, her journey as a political figure was not at all easy. Kim faced manydefeats and brick-walls in her career, especially in gaining a leader role. It was only in October 1986 that her luck began to change, as she was elected to the Assembly as a Social Credit Party member for Vancouver-Point Grey.
Two years later, Kim decided to change political party and become involved as a Progressive Conservative. This movement allowed her to participate in many different parts of the political world, such as looking at internationalrelations, issues of justice and national defence. Kim was not isolated to one area, but triumphed in all the fields she participated in.
After Mulroney (the 18th Prime Minister) decided to retire in February 1993,many turned to Kim to replace him. Mulroney had placed a lot of trust andconfidence in her ability, and she was thoroughly supported by her colleagues. Although her tenure lasted only a few months (June-November 1993), this was enough time for her to create three important ministries: Health, Canadian Heritage, and Public Security.
Club of Madrid
Although Kim was not re-elected due to the Conservative Party’s loss, her career did not stop. She was appointed in 1996 as Consul General in LosAngeles until 2000. Then, between 2001 and 2004 she lectured at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. However, perhaps oneof the most important posts she has held is the secretary-general for the Club of Madrid (2004-2006) which aimed at improving and motivating democracy across the world.
She is also an advocate for Equal Voice within Canada, a group which aims to encourage females to participate in public life. She says that she widely encourages women to integrate themselves in political affairs, stating ‘it is a very exciting and rewarding thing to do.’
Kim still is remembered as an important political figure, appearing on showslike Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister, which shows she is still devoted to encouraging young people to venture into the exciting, thrilling world of politics.