‘We’re count­ing on you’

For­mer prime min­is­ter Kim Camp­bell re­ceives hon­orary Aca­dia de­gree


The lat­est group of arts and di­vin­ity grad­u­ates from Aca­dia Univer­sity are mov­ing for­ward with a few words of wis­dom from a for­mer prime min­is­ter.

Hon­orary Doc­tor of Civil Laws de­gree re­cip­i­ent Kim Camp­bell – the first, and only, woman to serve as Prime Min­is­ter of Canada ¬– was the guest speaker at the Wolfville-based univer­sity’s 3 p.m. con­vo­ca­tion May 13.

“Two bits of ad­vice: one is, there is an elixir of life - it’s called ex­er­cise,” said Camp­bell, to laughs.

“The other one is that there is a se­cret to happiness – kind deeds.”

Camp­bell has a law de­gree and ex­pe­ri­ence serv­ing at all three lev­els of government. She’s held the po­si­tion of min­is­ter of State for In­dian Af­fairs and North­ern De­vel­op­ment, min­is­ter of Jus­tice and At­tor­ney Gen­eral, min­is­ter of National De­fence and Min­is­ter of Veterans Af­fairs.

She be­came the first woman elected as prime min­is­ter of Canada in June 1993, and went on to head sev­eral global or­ga­ni­za­tions fol­low­ing her time in of­fice. She chal­lenged the new Aca­dia grads to use their ed­u­ca­tional back­ground to search for truth in a dig­i­tal age fraught with false­hoods.

“From my per­spec­tive, you are at the heart of why I have hope that we will deal with the chal­lenges fac­ing us,” she said.

“This is all part of a search for Ax­e­women bas­ket­ball star Paloma An­der­son spots a fa­mil­iar face in the crowd.

the truth and a re­spect for the truth, and an un­der­stand­ing of what it means to our lives,” she later added.

She said the wis­dom and un­der­stand­ing gained in the pur­suit of a lib­eral arts de­gree will prove use­ful

in many facets of life, par­tic­u­larly in a world where the gen­er­a­tions of to­mor­row will be tasked with en­sur­ing the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs are prop­erly reg­u­lated.

She listed al­le­ga­tions of cy­ber ac­tiv­ity interferin­g with vot­ing re­sults in other parts of the world as one ex­am­ple of how tech­nol­ogy can un­der­mine the demo­cratic process.

“We are liv­ing in dif­fi­cult times,” she said.

Camp­bell told the grad­u­ates to stand for in­tegrity and truth as they use their un­der­stand­ing of how to an­a­lyze in­for­ma­tion as crit­i­cal thinkers to chart the course for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.



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