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Kim Campbell: How to Be a Good Ancestor

Cooper & O'Hara

“The future will spit on our graves.” Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell is quite frank in this interview with Maureen Metcalf. That frankness belies a deeper hope. Adopting a philosophy from Canada’s indigenous peoples, she views her actions through a framework of being a good ancestor for future generations. That perspective can lead to people worldwide taking real action on global crises, from climate change to war.

Campbell also talks about the path that led her to becoming the first female Prime Minister of Canada, the trajectory for the next phase of her career, and her concerns and hopes going forward.


The Right Honourable A. Kim Campbell PC, CC, OBC, QC, served as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister. She is the Founding Principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. Her leadership roles have led her to develop an expertise informed by real time exposure to populations in democratic transition, economic crisis, and gender imbalances. From 2004 through 2006, Campbell served as Secretary General of the Club of Madrid, an organization of former heads of government and state who work to promote democratization through peer relations with leaders of transitional democracies. She also chaired the Steering Committee for the World Movement for Democracy, and is a Trustee of the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College, London.