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Alex Campbell (politician)


Alex Campbell (politician)

The Honourable
Alexander Bradshaw Campbell
23rd Premier of Prince Edward Island
In office
July 28, 1966 – September 18, 1978
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Willibald J. MacDonald
John George MacKay
Gordon L. Bennett
Preceded by Walter R. Shaw
Succeeded by W. Bennett Campbell
Leader of the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party
In office
December 11, 1965 – September 18, 1978
Preceded by Alex W. Matheson
Succeeded by W. Bennett Campbell
MLA (Councillor) for 5th Prince
In office
February 9, 1965 – September 18, 1978
Preceded by Lorne Monkley
Succeeded by Peter Pope
Personal details
Born (1933-12-01) December 1, 1933
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Marilyn Ruth Gilmour (m. 1961)
Relations Thane A. Campbell (father)
Children Blair Alexander, Heather Kathryn, and Graham Melville
Residence Stanley Bridge
Alma mater Dalhousie University
Occupation Lawyer
Profession Politician
Cabinet Attorney General (1966–1969)
Minister of Development (1969–1972)
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (1972–1974)
Minister of Justice and Attorney and Advocate General (1974–1978)
Religion United Church of Canada

Alexander Bradshaw Campbell, PC OC OPEI (born December 1, 1933 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island) is a former politician of Prince Edward Island, Canada. He is the son of former premier Thane A. Campbell and Cecilia L. Bradshaw. He entered politics by winning a seat in the legislature through a 1965 by-election in 5th Prince. Later the same year he was elected leader of the PEI Liberal Party and, in 1966 took the party to power becoming, at 32, one of the youngest premiers ever elected in Canada. He also held the position of Attorney-General from 1966 until 1969.

Campbell's government attempted to strengthen the province's economy and improve social conditions by instituting programs such as assistance to homeowners and homebuilders. His government also revamped the educational system and established the PEI Heritage Foundation. He also started the Land Development Corporation and the PEI Lending Authority to help develop the economy. The government also brought in controls on absentee ownership of land. He left politics in 1978 to sit on the province's Supreme Court.

Campbell attended Dalhousie University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a law degree, and, in 1959, he passed the bar in Prince Edward Island. In 1971 he was recognized as a "Significant Sig" by the Sigma Chi fraternity, of which he is a member.

A long-time resident of his hometown of Summerside, Campbell was a member of

Campbell was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2013.[1]


  • "Alexander Bradshaw Campbell". Premiers Gallery. Government of Prince Edward Island. Archived from the original on 22 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  1. ^ "Governor General Announces 74 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
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