"Douglas Lloyd Campbell was a grandson of Scottish immigrants. His maternal grandfather was Peter Campbell (married to Isabel McLarty,) an immigrant from Auchindrain, Argyll, Scotland. They settled in the Ridgetown-Blenheim area of Ontario. His paternal grandfather was John Campbell, husband of Christina McFarlane, also from Argyllshire, Scotland. John was a school master known as "the scholar" and their eldest son, Archibald, also became a school master. John owned land that bordered the Thames River near Ailsa Craig and Delaware, Ontario. In addition to Archibald and John Howard, John and Christina Campbell had five daughters.
Douglas was the second son of John Howard Campbell. He attended high school in Portage La Prairie, the Brandon College in Manitoba. He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly in 1922. "When he voluntarily retired in 1969, he had served 47 years as a member of the Assembly, 22 years as a Cabinet Minister, and 10 years as Premier. He had not lost one election during that time. This record stands unparallelled in Canada and the British Commonwealth.
On December 21, 1920, he married Gladys Victoria Crampton, daughter of William Nassau Crampton and Elizabeth Dezell of High Bluff, Manitoba. They had seven children, namely; Keith Crampton, Terrence Douglas, William Howard Craig, Dawn Rue'Ann, Sharon Gladys, Sonya Beverly, and Dwili Lynn Campbell.
The government he headed adopted a balanced budget every year. Manitoba had no debt when the Campbell government left office in 1958. The wisdom of Campbell's fiscal policies is especially evident in 1994 when the federal government, along with most provinces found themselves saddled with huge debt loads and deficits. While maintaining a balanced budget, Campbell's government extended hydro-electric service to nearly all farms and Manitoba towns at low cost to residents. In additon, Campbell enacted a law requiring provincial electoral boundaries to be redrawn every decade. This independent Electoral Boundary Commission was the first in Canada, and copied by every province as well as the federal government.
On November 2, 1961, Prime Minister Pearson and over 1200 Manitobans gathered at the Marlborough Hotel Winnipeg to pay tribute to Douglas L. Campbell for his years of public service. Over the course of the dinner, several letters were read. One of these was from a former cabinet minister in Campbell's goverment, Ron Turner. It read, "Quick reflection on Mr. Campbell's personal qualities readily brings to mind the following charactistics. Perfect honesty in every respect - unequalled intellectual integrity - a genuine interest in people as such - a warm and ready wit resulting in devastating repartee - skill in extemporaneous exchanges. A merciless self-driver in the course of duty. Extremely considerate of colleagues and juniors, but implacably insistent on a return of good faith."
Source: excerpted from McDonell, James K. and Campbell, Robert B., Lords of the North, General Store Pub. House, 1997"
Margaret Gladys Campbell