M2007.69.3 | Campbell's Soup (chick and wet noodles)

 
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Campbell's Soup (chick and wet noodles)
Garnotte (alias Michel Garneau)
1993, 20th century
Ink and opaque white on card
21.3 x 20.5 cm
Gift of M. Michel Garneau
M2007.69.3
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Federal (334) , female (135) , Feminine personalities (54) , figure (1849) , Kim Campbell (8) , Leadership race (77) , People (413) , Political parties (800) , Politics (1624) , Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (109) , Québec or Canada political events (600)
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The soup can makes a link between former Prime Minister Kim Campbell and painter Andy Warhol, who said that in the future everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. This analogy lends itself well to Campbell's career: she fleetingly enjoyed fame as Canada's first female prime minister, before retiring from politics.

  • What

    Campbell served as a minister in Brian Mulroney's cabinet and succeeded him as prime minister, but then her political career took a nosedive. The unpopularity of the Progressive Conservative Party and its leader's lack of experience were major factors in the governing party's defeat in the 1993 Canadian general election.

  • Where

    The soup can refers not only to the well-known Campbell's Soup can paintings by American artist Warhol, but also, of course, to the surname of this politician who hails from British Columbia.

  • When

    Campbell became prime minister on June 25, 1993, but lost her title just a few months later, when she and her party were defeated in the general election of October 25 that same year.

  • Who

    Kim Campbell was minister of justice and then minister of defence before serving as prime minister of Canada from June to November 1993.