Forty Years Ago: Alex Campbell Becomes Premier

The CBC archives has a wonderful video feature from July 1966 on the victory of Alex Campbell’s Liberal government after what amounts to perhaps the oddest election the province has ever seen: after the death of candidate William A. Acorn in 1st Kings, the May 30th election wasn’t decided until a follow-up election on July 11th. Forty years ago next month.

The piece includes a wonderful segment where soon-to-be-Premier Alex Campbell is being interviewed on the street as Premier Walter Shaw drives by in his car and the two candidates share a moment with the interviewer. Only in PEI.

Walter Shaw was 78 that year, Alex Campbell was 32; from here in 2006 he’s still 6 years younger than Walter Shaw was when they ran against each other.