Iona Campagnolo

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Iona Campagnolo

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27th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
In office
September 25, 2001 – September 30, 2007
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralAdrienne Clarkson
Michaëlle Jean
PremierGordon Campbell
Preceded byGarde Gardom
Succeeded bySteven Point
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Skeena
In office
July 8, 1974 – May 22, 1979
Preceded byFrank Howard
Succeeded byJames Fulton
Personal details
Iona Victoria Hardy

(1932-10-18) October 18, 1932 (age 86)
Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada
Spouse(s)Louis Campagnolo
Professionradio broadcaster, Politician

Iona Victoria Campagnolo, PC OC OBC (née Hardy, born October 18, 1932) is a Canadian politician, and was the 27th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the first woman to hold the office. Prior to becoming Lieutenant Governor she was a 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, running successfully as a Liberal Party candidate for the House of Commons of Canada in the riding of Skeena. In 1976, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appointed her to the Cabinet as Minister of Amateur Sport. She lost her seat to NDP challenger Jim Fulton in the 1979 election.

In 1982, Iona became president of the Liberal Party, a largely administrative position. During the 1984 convention which elected John Turner as Party leader, Campagnolo created a minor furor within the party when 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.[citation needed]

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, Iona Campagnolo 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, Iona Campagnolo 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.[1]

In 2001, on the advice of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, she was appointed by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson 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)."[2]

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[edit]

Order of Canada (OC) ribbon bar.png VOStJ ribbon.png Order British Columbia ribbon bar.svg
QEII Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Canada125 ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png

Ribbon Description Notes
Order of Canada (OC) ribbon bar.png Order of Canada (OC)
  • Officer 2008
  • Member 1973
VOStJ ribbon.png Order of St. John (D.stJ)
  • 2001
  • Dame of Justice
Order British Columbia ribbon bar.svg Order of British Columbia (OBC)
  • 1998
QEII Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
  • 1977
  • Canadian version of this medal
Canada125 ribbon.png 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal
  • 1992
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • Canadian version of this medal
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • Canadian version of this medal

Honorary degrees[edit]

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:

Province Date School Degree
 British Columbia June 8, 1995 Simon Fraser University Doctor of Laws (LL.D)[3][4]
 Ontario June 11, 1997 Brock University Doctor of Laws (LL.D)[5]
 British Columbia May 28, 1999 University of Northern British Columbia Doctorate[1]
 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 June 18, 2010 Royal Roads University Doctorate[9]


Further reading[edit]

  • Maclean, Barbara (1997). I can't do what? : voices of pathfinding women.


  1. ^ a b "Iona Campagnolo To Be Awarded Honorary Degree" (press release). University of Northern British Columbia. February 10, 1999.
  2. ^ Klassen, Nicholas (January 10, 2006). "Can We Still Speak Chinook?: A language 'thrown together to make a strange new country.'". The Tyee.
  3. ^ "Honorary Degree Citations: The degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, conferred on Dr. Iona Campagnolo, Thursday, June 8, 1995" (PDF). Simon Fraser University. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "Past Honorary Degree Recipients". Simon Fraser University.
  5. ^ "Brock University Honorary Degree and Award Recipients". Brock University. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  6. ^ "Honorary degree recipients: in chronological order". University of Victoria. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "Graduation, Vancouver campus: 2009 honorary degree recipients: Dr. Iona Campagnola, O.C., O.B.C." The University of British Columbia. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Trent University Honorary Graduates" (PDF). Trent University. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Spring 2010 convocation: Former lieutenant-governor, renowed(sic) artist and popular philanthropist honoured with graduates". Royal Roads University. June 18, 2010.
  10. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority, IV, Ottawa, 2003

External links[edit]

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
Bill Vander Zalm