Former P.E.I. premier named to Order of Canada

A former P.E.I. premier is among 74 appointments to the Order of Canada.

Campbell among several Maritimers honoured

Alex Campbell's 1966 election made national news. (CBC)

A former P.E.I. premier is among several Maritimers appointed to the Order of Canada this week.

Alexander Campbell was one of 34 Canadians named this week as officers of the order, the second-highest grade.

Campbell was the province's Liberal premier from 1966 to 1978. At age 32, he was one of the youngest Canadians to ever be elected premier.

He was later appointed to the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island and retired in 1994. Campbell, 79, still lives in P.E.I.

He was honoured "for his contributions as a former premier of Prince Edward Island to the modernization of the province’s economic, social and educational sectors."

Members of the Order of Canada

Allister MacGillivray of Albert Bridge, N.S., was made a member of the Order of Canada "for his contributions as a musician and composer whose songs are widely known for their depictions of Cape Breton and its people."

Vice-Admiral Lawrence Murray of Bayswater, N.S., was made a member for contributions to industry, commerce and business. His citation noted "his leadership in the public service and his regional and national voluntary commitments."

Mary Boyd of Blooming Point, P.E.I., was made a member in the social service category. Her citation singled out "her contributions to the social justice movement, notably by introducing community-based initiatives to fight homelessness, poverty and underemployment."

In total, 74 people were appointed to the Order of Canada.