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February 17, 2017
To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, we are counting down to Canada Day with profiles of 150 noteworthy British Columbians.
Iona Campagnolo was B.C.’s first female lieutenant-governor, was the first female president of the federal Liberal party, and the first woman to hold the federal sports portfolio — “the last place where women are trusted to be involved,” observed Karin Loftstrom of the Canadian Association of the Advancement of Women in Sport.
But she is best remembered for the bum that brought down a prime minister. After her, modern feminist issues sat squarely in the spotlight of national politics.