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Iona Campagnolo


Iona Campagnolo

The Honourable
Iona Campagnolo
27th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
In office
September 25, 2001 – September 30, 2007
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Adrienne Clarkson
Michaëlle Jean
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Garde Gardom
Succeeded by Steven Point
Personal details
Born (1932-10-18) October 18, 1932
Galiano Island, BC
Nationality Canadian
Profession Politician

Iona Victoria Campagnolo, PC OC OBC (born October 18, 1932) is a Canadian politician, and was the first woman and 27th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Prior to becoming Lieutenant Governor she was a Canadian politician and cabinet member in the Liberal government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.


  • Career 1
  • Honours and Awards 2
    • Honorary Degrees 2.1
  • Arms 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Born Iona Victoria Hardy on Galiano Island, she got her start in politics in 1966 when she was elected an alderwoman in the city council of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. In 1974, she turned to federal politics, and ran as a Liberal Party candidate for the Canadian House of Commons in the riding of Skeena. She was elected, and in 1976, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau recommended her appointment to Cabinet, as Minister of Amateur Sports. She lost her seat to NDP challenger Jim Fulton in the 1979 election.

In 1982, she became president of the Liberal Party of Canada, a largely administrative position. During the 1984 convention which elected John Turner as Party leader, Campagnolo created a minor furor within the Liberal Party: she said that second-place leadership candidate Jean Chrétien was "second in the balloting, but first in our hearts".

When John Turner became Liberal leader in 1984, a television camera caught Turner patting Campagnolo's bottom. Although Campagnolo herself dismissed it (and patted Turner right back), the incident was used to paint Turner as being out of touch with contemporary women's issues.

Campagnolo ran in North Vancouver—Burnaby in the September 1984 election but was defeated in the Mulroney landslide that reduced Turner's Liberals to 40 seats. She did not run for re-election as party president at the next Liberal convention in 1986.

In 1973, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada and promoted to Officer in 2008. In 1998, she received the Order of British Columbia.

In 1992, she was elected as the founding chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia and served in the position until 1998. She received an honorary degree from UNBC in 1999.

In 2001 she was appointed by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, on the advice of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, as British Columbia's first female Lieutenant Governor. At her swearing-in, Campagnolo concluded her remarks in Chinook, saying, "konoway tillicums klatawa kunamokst klaska mamook okoke huloima chee illahie" - meaning: "everyone was thrown together to make this strange new country (British Columbia)."[1]

As the Queen's Vice-Regal Representative in British Columbia, she is styled The Honourable for life. However, as she was already a Member of The Queen's Privy Council for Canada before she became Lieutenant-Governor, she was already styled The Honourable.

In 2003 the Chief Herald of Canada granted armorial bearings to Campagnolo.

Honours and Awards

Ribbon Description Notes
Order of Canada (OC)
  • Officer 2008
  • Member 1973
Order of St. John (D.stJ)
  • 2001
  • Dame of Justice
Order of British Columbia (OBC)
  • 1998
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
  • 1977
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal
  • 1992
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • Canadian Version of this Medal

Honorary Degrees

Iona Campagnolo Has Received Many Honorary Degrees in recognition of Her Distinguished Career in Politics and Her Service as Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, these include:

Honorary Degrees
Country Date School Degree
 British Columbia 8 June 1995 Simon Fraser University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [2] [3]
 Ontario 11 June 1997 Brock University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [4]
 British Columbia 28 May 1999 University of Northern British Columbia Doctorate [5]
 British Columbia June 2007 University of Victoria Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [6]
 British Columbia 2009 University of British Columbia Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [7]
 Ontario 2009 Trent University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [8]
 British Columbia 18 June 2010 Royal Roads University Doctorate [9]


Arms of Iona Campagnolo
The arms of Iona Campagnolo consist of:[10]
Issuant from a circlet Vert edged Or set with a frieze of dogwood flowers, a trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator) wings elevated Argent gorged with a scarf of the MacDonald tartan proper.
Azure two pallets wavy, overall a double arched bridge Argent masoned Azure.
Dexter a female Kermode bear sinister a male Kermode bear (Ursus americanus Kermodie) both proper and gorged with a collar of red cedar Vert pendent therefrom a hurt, that to the dexter charged with an orca as styled by Tsimshian artist Roy Henry Vickers, that to the sinister charged with an eagle as styled by Haida artist Bill Reid Or.
A grassy mound set with Blue Camas (Camassia quamash), nodding onion (Allium cernuum) and Garry oaks (Quercus garryana) proper above barry wavy Argent and Azure.
With Change is Peace


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  10. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume IV), Ottawa, 2003 

External links

  • Former Lieutenant Governor Biography
  • Federal Political Biography from the Library of Parliament
  • The Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada
  • Audio interview re: role as Lt. Gov
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Frank Howard
Member of Parliament for Skeena
Succeeded by
Jim Fulton
Party political offices
Preceded by
Norman MacLeod
President of the Liberal Party of Canada
Succeeded by
Michel Robert
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Steven Point
Order of precedence in British Columbia
as of 2013
Succeeded by
Dave Barrett
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