PC, OC, OBC, LL.D
|27th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia|
September 25, 2001 – September 30, 2007
|Governor General||Adrienne Clarkson
|Preceded by||Garde Gardom|
|Succeeded by||Steven Point|
October 18, 1932 |
Galiano Island, BC
Iona 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.
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 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)."
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.
- Member of Order of Canada, 1973
- Order of British Columbia, 1998
- Honorary Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia, 1999
- Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D) from University of Victoria, 2007
- Officer of Order of Canada, 2008
- Honorary Degree from University of British Columbia, 2009 
- Honorary Degree from Royal Roads University, 2010 
- Honorary Degree from Trent University, 2009 
- 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|
|Member of Parliament for Skeena
|Party political offices|
|President of the Liberal Party of Canada
|Order of precedence|
|Order of precedence in British Columbia
as of 2013[update]