Bennett Campbell

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The Honourable
Bennett Campbell
24th Premier of Prince Edward Island
In office
September 18, 1978 – May 3, 1979
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Gordon L. Bennett
Preceded by Alexander B. Campbell
Succeeded by J. Angus MacLean
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cardigan
In office
April 13, 1981 – September 4, 1984
Preceded by Daniel J. Macdonald
Succeeded by Pat Binns
Leader of the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party
In office
September 18, 1978 – December 9, 1978
Preceded by Alexander B. Campbell
Succeeded by himself
Leader of the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party
In office
December 9, 1978 – April 13, 1981
Preceded by himself
Succeeded by Gilbert Clements (interim)
MLA (Assemblyman) for 3rd Kings
In office
May 11, 1970 – April 13, 1981
Preceded by Thomas A. Curran
Succeeded by Joey Fraser
Personal details
Born (1943-08-27)August 27, 1943
Montague, Prince Edward Island
Died September 11, 2008(2008-09-11) (aged 65)
Cardigan, Prince Edward Island
Nationality Canadian
Political party Prince Edward Island Liberal Party
Other political
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
Profession Politician
Cabinet Provincial:
Minister of Education (1972–1978)
Provincial Secretary (1974–1976)
Minister of Finance (1976–1978)

Minister of Veterans Affairs (1981–1984)

Religion Roman Catholic

William Bennett Campbell, PC (August 27, 1943 – September 11, 2008) was a politician and the 24th Premier of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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 ran and won the Liberal leadership and was sworn in as Premier on September 18, 1978.

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. He also immediately 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.

Campbell died of cancer and is survived by his wife Shirley and eight children.

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Daniel J. Macdonald, Liberal
Member of Parliament from Cardigan
Succeeded by
Pat Binns, Prog. Cons.