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Former Premier Campbell calls out Conservative Party leadership

Amid talk of the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party, former Prime Minister Kim Campbell says that without leadership on policies such as climate change, the party’s identity will remain in question.

“I’m sorry, if you don’t care about climate change, or the resurgence of authoritarianism, and you’re not a champion of women’s rights to make the contributions they need in society, I I’m not interested,” she said in an interview on CTV’s Question Period broadcast Sunday.

“Canada must be part of the solution to climate change and the fact that there can be any party dragging its feet is so depressing.

Campbell was elected to the House of Commons in 1988 and soon after held several important Cabinet positions, including Minister of Justice and Attorney General. She succeeded Brian Mulroney as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1993 and became Canada’s first female prime minister.


Reflecting on his time as party leader and the current state of the leadership race, Campbell argued that candidates “should show leadership” on contentious issues.

“They have to take care of it. [The party] shouldn’t stick their heads in the sand. He must show leadership. We talked about abortion, we talked about gun control, I dealt with many issues that no one in their right mind would choose to address, but they needed to be addressed,” she said.

“It’s your job…to try to create the best possible public policy.”

As justice minister, Campbell introduced a bill to tighten the process for obtaining a firearm following the massacre at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. She also oversaw the introduction of a bill that would make abortion illegal unless performed by or under the supervision of a physician who considered abortion necessary for a woman’s health. . The bill died in the Senate.

The former leader also weighed in on Pierre Poilievre’s attacks on the Bank of Canada, and specifically commented that Governor Tiff Macklem should be fired for failing to deal with soaring inflation.

“Yeah, he should have anticipated, you know, the COVID supply chain disruptions and the war in Ukraine, right? Yeah. Get rid of the guy, he’s not consulting his tarot cards. Grow up,” she said.

And on the independence of Canada’s central bank, she said: “When people are appointed to independent positions, you have to accept them and respect that, unless there is clear evidence that what they are doing is either incompetent, done in bad faith or dangerous”. .”

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