Biography of Campbell, Colin H., 1859-1914

Colin H. Campbell (1859-1914) was born in Upper Canada. He studied law at Osgoode Hall in Toronto and in 1882 moved to Winnipeg, where, he had heard, there were good opportunities for ambitious young men. He began by working for theWinnipeg law firm, Aikins, Culver, and Hamilton, and soon after established his own firm, which eventually became one of the largest in the city. Campbell became an expert in real property law and became extensively involved in land dealings, such as the purchase of Métis scrip. He was also a very successful financial advisor and did well with his own investments. He served a term on the Winnipeg city council and in 1899 ran in the provincial general election. He was attorney general in first the Hugh John Macdonald government and then in the Roblin government. While in office, he was involved in negotiations between the federal and provincial governments over the expansion of the Manitoba boundaries and worked towards the establishment of municipal utilities. He also introduced an order in council to implement the federal Juvenile Delinquents Act of 1908, which provided for special trials for children. Campbell was a supporter of mandatory school attendance and conscious that many people believed that immigrant children needed to be assimilated. In 1907 he helped to pass a law requiring all schools to fly the Union Jack during school hours. In 1911 he became minister of public works. In 1912 he suffered a stroke, which made it impossible for him to continue in public life. He died in 1914.

Mentioned in:


  1. Draft of a speech on education and Canadianization 1896 by Colin H. Campbell
  2. An open letter to Conservaties everywhere 1896


  1. Speech by Major Mulvey in the Manitoba Legislature, on the School question, February 26th, 1898; as reported in the Free Press of February 27th, 1896
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