|24th Premier of Prince Edward Island|
September 18, 1978 – May 3, 1979
|Lieutenant Governor||Gordon L. Bennett|
|Preceded by||Alexander B. Campbell|
|Succeeded by||J. Angus MacLean|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
April 13, 1981 – September 4, 1984
|Preceded by||Daniel J. MacDonald|
|Succeeded by||Pat Binns|
|Leader of the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party
September 18, 1978 – December 9, 1978
|Preceded by||Alexander B. Campbell|
|Leader of the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party|
December 9, 1978 – April 13, 1981
|Succeeded by||Gilbert Clements (interim)|
|MLA (Assemblyman) for 3rd Kings|
May 11, 1970 – April 13, 1981
|Preceded by||Thomas A. Curran|
|Succeeded by||Joey Fraser|
August 27, 1943|
Montague, Prince Edward Island
|Died||September 11, 2008
Cardigan, Prince Edward Island
|Political party||Prince Edward Island Liberal Party|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Shirley Chiasson (m. 1970)|
|Children||Kelly, Colin, Grant, Sherri, Grace, Brad, Carmel, and John Paul|
|Residence||Cardigan, Prince Edward Island|
|Alma mater||St. Dunstan’s University|
|Occupation||Teacher and Civil servant|
Minister of Veterans Affairs (1981–1984)
Born in Montague, Prince Edward Island, Campbell was a teacher by profession before entering politics in 1970 and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island as a Liberal candidate. In 1972, he became Minister of Education; Provincial Secretary in 1974; and Minister of Finance in 1976.
When Liberal leader and PEI Premier Alexander B. Campbell (no relation) announced his retirement, Bennett Campbell was elected interim leader of the PEI Liberal Party by the caucus and was sworn in as Premier on September 18, 1978. On December 9, he was elected leader at the parties leadership convention.
His government was defeated in the general election held the next year. He remained party leader and leader of the opposition until he decided to enter federal politics. He won the seat for Cardigan in the Canadian House of Commons through a 1981 by-election following the death of Daniel J. MacDonald. On September 22, 1981, he took over Macdonald's cabinet portfolio and became Minister of Veterans Affairs in the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He retained his portfolio when John Turner succeeded Trudeau as Liberal leader and prime minister, but lost his seat to Pat Binns in the 1984 election that brought down the short-lived Turner government.
- "Official Provincial General Election Returns, 1970" (PDF). Elections PEI. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
- "Woman named to PEI Cabinet". The Globe and Mail. October 11, 1972.
- "PEI successor to Campbell is a Campbell". The Globe and Mail. September 18, 1978.
- "Campbell is PEI Liberal leader". The Globe and Mail. December 11, 1978.
- "PEI Tory win costs Liberals last province". The Globe and Mail. April 24, 1979.
- "Seat in Commons held by Liberals in PEI by-election". The Globe and Mail. April 14, 1981.
- "PM repairs Liberal weak spots by naming four new ministers". The Globe and Mail. September 23, 1981.
- "Tory tide sweeps away more than half of Cabinet". The Globe and Mail. September 5, 1984.
- "Tory tide claims 25 seats of 32 in Atlantic region". The Globe and Mail. September 5, 1984.
- "Former premier hoping to regain seat". The Globe and Mail. April 21, 1986.
- "Official Provincial General Election Returns, 1986" (PDF). Elections PEI. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
- "Liberals win P.E.I., Premier loses seat". The Globe and Mail. April 22, 1986.
- "Former premier Bennett Campbell dies". The Guardian. September 12, 2008. Retrieved 2015-08-09.
- "Former P.E.I. premier dies". CBC News. September 12, 2008. Retrieved 2015-08-09.