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On his 55th Birthday - Op-Ed by Kim Campbell

December 27, 2010

Kim Campbell, Chair of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy, shares thoughts of Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo on his 55th birthday.

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UBC In Conversation with Kim Campbell 2010

November 30, 2010

Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, University of British Columbia Alumni BA'69, LLB'83, LLD'00, spoke with CBC Journalist and Adjunct Professor Kathryn Gretsinger.  Campbell spoke candidly about topics ranging from Women in Politics to the recent WikiLeaks scandal in which more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables were "dumped" into the public domain.

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I Wasn't Going to be Miss America

November 30, 2010

On Tuesday, November 30th, Former Prime Minister Campbell visited her alma mater, University of British Columbia, where she sat down with adjunct faculty member and CBC journalist, Kathryn Gretsinger for an "In Conversation" event at the Fredric Wood Theatre.  Here are impressions of Ms. Campbell's appearance by a UBC student/advocate/blogger, Alexandria Mitchell.

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University of Alberta honors Campbell

November 18, 2010

On November 18th, 2010, the University of Alberta Honored Former Prime Minister Campbell with an honorary doctor of law degree.  Along with Ms. Campbell there were two other honorees: Donald Ethell, one of Canada’s most experienced peacekeepers and Alberta’s lieutenant governor, and Yvonne Shi-Wan Chiu, a U of A alumna and champion of immigrant and refugee rights.

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Campbell: Innovations are impossible without freedom

November 16, 2010

The Day's Maria Tomak interviews Kim Campbell about the concept of Freedom of Speech, which will be the focus of a conference convened by the Foundation for Effective Governance (FEG) in Kyiv on December 2, 2010.  Campbell is the head of the International Advisory Board of FEG and shares how the issue of Freedom of Speech is topical not only in Ukraine, but in virtually every democracy.  To learn more about the conference itself, click here.

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Globe and Mail Interview

October 7, 2010

The Globe and Mail's Gloria Galloway interviews Former Prime Minister Campbell on a variety of topics.  Follow the link to also listen to audio pieces from the interview as well.

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University of Alberta to honor Campbell with degree

October 1, 2010

On November 17-18, 2010 Former Prime Minister Campbell will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree along with Donald Ehtell, one of Canada's most experienced peacekeepers and Alberta's lieutenant governor, and Yvonne Shi-Wan Chiu, a U of A alumna and champion of immigrant and refugee rights.

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CTV News interviews Campbell about O of C

September 3, 2010

CTV News interviews Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, who describes the great honour she felt after becoming a companion of the order, its highest grade, in Ottawa.

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Kim Campbell reflects on Order of Canada

September 3, 2010

CBC's Evan Solomon interviews Former Prime Minister Campbell on the show Power & Politics. 

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Campbell Recieves Canada's Highest Civilian Honor

September 3, 2010

Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell was awarded the rank of Companion in the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaelle Jean at Rideau Hall in Ottawa September 3, 2010. The award recognizes outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour and is the country's highest honor for lifetime achievement.

Campbell, the country's first female prime minister, was recognized for "her distinguished contributions to Canadian politics and her active involvement in the leadership in the promotion of global democracy, international co-operation and women in politics."

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Kim Campbell is impressed with Ukrainian women

July 13, 2010

A reporter of the Vesti Newspaper interviewed former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell about the challenges of being a woman in the world of politics, corruption as the key challenge of Ukraine, Ukrainian hospitality, Rinat Akhmetov and cottage cheese pancakes.  While the English translation is not perfect in this article, there's no mistaking Frmr PM Campbell's positive feelings for Ukraine and its people and hope for the future.

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Campbell to appear in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

July 2, 2010

On Tuesday, July 6th, Former Prime Minister Campbell will participate in a round table discussion: “Raising Dnepropetrovsk Region Economic Competitiveness.” at the Dnepropetrovsk State Regional Administration.  It will mark the launch of the Foundation for Effective Governance's project on development of strategy for boosting Dnepropetrovsk Region Competitiveness.  The event organizers are the Foundation for Effective Governance of Ukraine and Dnepropetrovsk State Regional Administration.

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ICSR Peace and Security Summit Begins

June 29, 2010

Former Prime Minister Campbell is now in NY for the ICSR Peace and Security Summit.  Ms. Campbell serves as a trustee for ICSR and will be participating throughout the summit.

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Sanctions against Iran

June 22, 2010

Former Prime Minister Campbell joins others in urging Canada and other countries to consider tougher sanctions against Iran.

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Canada's History Magazine [audio] Interview

May 21, 2010

Listen to Former Prime Minister Campbell's interview with Nelle Oosterom, associate editor of Canada's History Magazine.  It's been ninety years since women in Canada won the right to stand for election to Parliament, and so Canada's History Magazine asked Ms. Campbell to reflect on her own experiences, as well as those of women in politics today.

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Kyivweekly posts Kim Campbell interview

May 19, 2010

Oleksiy Kaftan Komentari interviews Former Prime Minister Campbell, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the [Ukrainian] Foundation for Effective Governance. Ms. Campbell speaks about geopolitical crossroads, super powers and the Ukrainian soul of Canada.

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She's the Mayor Cameo

May 3, 2010

Here's a video report about Ms. Campbell's recent visit to the set of She's the Mayor to film a brief cameo.  VisionTV's new original comedy series will likely debut in early 2011.

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Campbell Makes a Cameo on Comedy Series

May 2, 2010

Former Prime Minister Campbell recently taped a brief cameo on VisionTV's new original comedy series She's the Mayor, which will probably air in early 2011.

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Interview with La Presse (FRENCH ONLY)

April 24, 2010

Former Prime Minister Campbell recent interview with Laura-Julie Perreault of La Presse about the realities of modern day politics. (FRENCH ONLY)

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Reflections: Women and Peacebuilding

April 22, 2010

This is the fourth part of a four-part series with the Dalai Lama Center's founding director Victor Chan. He looks back at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit, a global event that brought five Nobel Laureates and many more world-renowned thinkers and leaders in social transformation to Vancouver to talk about creating a more compassionate, peaceful world.

Former Prime Minister Campbell was a participant at the peace summit and in this particular session as well.  Ms. Campbell also serves on the Advisory Board to the Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education.

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May you live in love and harmony!

April 16, 2010

Former Prime Minister Campbell briefed the Ukrainian “Korrespondent” Magazine on the role of the Foundation for Effective Governance in Ukraine’s development and explained why men in Canada get pregnant and if similar story can happen in Ukraine and why the client was always not right in the USSR.

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Campbell in Jakarta for World Movement for Democracy Assembly

April 13, 2010

Former Prime Minister Campbell was in Jakarta for the 6th Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy.  Ms. Campbell chairs the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy and Ms. Campbell delivered opening remarks and also introduced Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.  During the introduction Ms. Campbell reiterated to the attendees that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was elected the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia in the country’s first-ever direct presidential election in 2004 and also expressed appreciation for all his "efforts on behalf of democracy."

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Campbell's article in NEWSWEEK: Holding Half The Seats

April 9, 2010

Kim Campbell authors an article for Newsweek magazine on the subject of political quotas aimed at improving gender equity and shares some of her experiences regarding the issue.

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Campbell: Ukrainian Politics is Never Boring

April 9, 2010

On a recent trip to Kyiv, Former Prime Minister Campbell gave this interview to the Ukrainian newspaper Komentarii [Comments] and she talks about geopolitical crossroads, superpowers, and the Ukrainian soul of Canada. 

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Campbell says, "Canadian Leaders, look to Sir John A. Macdonald for inspiration!"

March 24, 2010

 

Recently, the Mark News has hosted an interesting conversation about the direction of Canada, what it should look like at 150, and how to get there. One theme that emerged was the need for strong leadership at this particular moment in Canada's history. Challenges include defining a role for Canada in the rapidly changing global context and reengaging a public that seems increasingly disinterested in the political process. This will require bold leadership. But what does that look like?
 
The Mark News asked Former Prime Minister Campbell to further the conversation by identifying one political leader, either past or present, who could serve as a role model for Canadian politicians and what could be learned from that leader today.
 
In response, Ms. Campbell suggested that Canadian leaders look to Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald for inspiration and she explains why in this interview conducted via Skype last week.

 

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KC in Macedonia for Conference on Election Models

March 23, 2010

Former Prime Minister Campbell was in Skopje, Macedonia this week to deliver the opening address to the National Democratic Institute's academic conference on the advantages and disadvantages of open or closed candidate lists in Macedonia’s electoral system. The conference was focused on:

  • Generating public discussion on specific reforms of Macedonia’s electoral code; and
  • Engaging political parties, members of parliament (MPs), academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others in a wider debate about the positive and negative aspects of open and closed candidate lists.

In her keynote speech Campbell stated, “The objective is not giving a certain proposal, but making people think in the direction of improving the election system and working on finding the appropriate solution for organising the elections.”

Look for a blog entry on her visit to Macedonia to be posted soon on BiteSizeChunks.

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Honoring Jody Williams

March 19, 2010

Kim Campbell applaudes West Coast LEAF's celebration of Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams. 

West Coast LEAF featured Williams at their annual Equality Breakfast on March 19, 2010. Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. Williams has been an advocate of freedom, self-determination, and human and civil rights since her protests of the Vietnam War.

Campbell offered, "I had the pleasure of meeting Jody Williams shortly after her Nobel win when, as Consul General for Canada, I was involved in a series of fundraising concerts for the anti-landmines campaign in California in 1999. Just recently, I saw her again at the Vancouver Peace Summit with the Dalai Lama. She is just the same as ever - and as passionate about her cause as ever. The Nobel is a great distinction, but it also imposes a burden in the sense that one cannot simply walk away from the activities that led to the recognition. Jody Williams does credit to the award and continues to make a difference wherever she can."

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Metro News features Campbell on Int'l Women's Day

March 8, 2010

Today's [Canadian] Metro News features an article about Frmr Prime Minister Campbell and her thoughts on women in politics.

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Campbell weighs in on the "O Canada" lyrics debate

March 5, 2010

In this CBC Radio interview, Kim Campbell weighs in on the current "O Canada" lyrics debate in an interview with Jim Brown, guest host of The Current.

In the March 3, 2010 Speech from the Throne, the Conservative government announced its intention to prod Parliament to assess the lyrics of "O Canada" specifically to see if the lyrics "all our sons command" should be altered to be more gender neutral.  Well, Kim Campbell, Minister of Justice at the time, spoke about this issue and appears to have been about 20 years ahead of her time.

INSTRUCTIONS: To listen, go to the page and play "Part 2" of the show to hear Ms. Campbell's interview.

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Speaking at UCLA's Anderson School

February 10, 2010

On Monday February 22, 2010, Judy Olian, dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, will host Frmr PM Campbell, for a talk titled "Life After Politics: Going Global." Campbell will discuss her ongoing professional journey since stepping down from her position as the 19th prime minister of Canada in 1993.

A global visionary, Campbell has worked to promote democracy and the advancement of women throughout the world and is a founding member of the Club of Madrid, an independent organization of former heads of state and others that aims to strengthen global democracy. She currently chairs the board of international advisers of the Foundation for Effective Governance and the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy.

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Kim Campbell in More Magazine

February 1, 2010

More Magazine's February/March issue is highlighting Kim Campbell as a "Pioneering PM" in the article “40 women we want to be when we grow up,” which is a list of 40 inspiring Canadian women over sixty years of age.
 

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Kim Campbell article on Climate Change

January 1, 2010

Read Former Prime Minister Campbell's thoughts about the Copenhagen Accord and climate change, which she has termed a "challenge of such cosmic proportions that we can barely force ourselves to contemplate the costs of failing to act." This op-ed was originally published online at leadership.net.

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