Alex Campbell (politician)

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The Honourable
Alexander Bradshaw Campbell
PC OC OPEI
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
Personal details
Born (1933-12-01) December 1, 1933 (age 80)
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 Scouts Canada and later served as a Scout Leader. In his retirement, Campbell now resides in Stanley Bridge during the summer months and is a part-time winter resident of St. Petersburg, Florida where he has organized a "Prince Edward Island Picnic" at Desoto Park on the second Sunday of March every year since 2000.

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

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Preceded by
Walter Shaw
Premier of Prince Edward Island
1966–1978
Succeeded by
W. Bennett Campbell
Preceded by
Lorne Bonnell
Leader of the Opposition
1965–1966
Succeeded by
Walter Shaw
Preceded by
Alex W. Matheson
PEI Liberal Leader
1965–1978
Succeeded by
W. Bennett Campbell