Cam Campion

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Cameron John "Cam" Campion (1943–16 October 1995)[1] was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1990–93 43rd Wanganui National
1993 Changed allegiance to: Independent

Campion won the seat of Wanganui from Labour in 1990; the seat had been held by Russell Marshall, who was retiring. Once in Parliament, Campion quickly became associated with Michael Laws, Hamish MacIntyre and Gilbert Myles in objecting to the monetarist policy of Ruth Richardson, known as Ruthanasia, which the fourth National Government was following.

He announced his resignation from the National Party on 3 March 1993, and accused the party of attempting to rig the reselection process against him. Campion remained an Independent for the remainder of his term, up to the 1993 general election in November.


Campion died of bowel cancer in 1995, which encouraged Laws in championing an unsuccessful 'Death with Dignity Bill' to legalise voluntary euthanasia.[1][2]

His surviving wife Margaret was elected to the Wanganui District Council for the term 2001-04.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Adhar, R.J. (1996). "Religious parliamentarians and euthanasia: a window into church and state in New Zealand". Journal of Church and State. 38 (3): 569–593. doi:10.1093/jcs/38.3.569. 
  2. ^ History of euthanasia in New Zealand, The Life Resources Charitable Trust.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Russell Marshall
Member of Parliament for Wanganui
Succeeded by
Jill Pettis