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Ken Campbell (evangelist)
Ken Campbell (born January 19 1934) is a Canadian fundamentalist Christian evangelist and political figure who was the final leader of the Social Credit Party of Canada from 1990 to 1993. He became prominent in the Toronto area in the 1970s as a crusader against homosexuals and abortion rights, founding Renaissance Canada to promote his views.
He held frequent rallies against gay rights and regularly took out full page ads in newspapers campaigning against the "homosexual agenda" and "secular humanism". Many such ads were printed following court decisions on gay rights, such as the 1998 Supreme Court ruling in Vriend v. Alberta. In 1980, Campbell published a book entitled No Small Stir: A Spiritual Strategy For Salting and Saving A Secular Society, with a forward from Jerry Falwell.
Campbell ran in elections at all levels in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly in the provincial riding of St George—St David which included the centre of Toronto's gay community clustered around Church and Wellesley streets. In the mid-1980s, he founded a group called Choose Life Canada which picketed abortion clinics in Toronto and other Ontario cities. On one occasion, he attempted to conduct a "citizen's arrest" against provincial Attorney General Ian Scott, after Scott refused to shut down an abortion clinic run by Henry Morgantaler . He ran against Scott in St. George—St. David as a candidate of the Family Coalition Party in the 1990 provincial election, and finished fourth with 932 votes.
Campbell took over the near-moribund Social Credit Party of Canada in 1990 and ran in a by-election in Oshawa coming in eighth place with 96 votes. He renamed the party the "Christian Freedom Social Credit Party" and later the "Christian Freedom Party" but it was unable to run 50 candidates in the 1993 Canadian election and was deregistered by Elections Canada. As a result, Campbell was forced to run as an independent in the 1993 Canadian election, finishing last in a field of six candidates running in Oakville . He ran a final time in a 1996 federal by-election in Hamilton East, finishing in fifth place with 287 votes.
The party has been deregistered but still exists as an incorporated non-profit entity as the "Social Credit Party of Canada, Incorporated", headed by Campbell. He occasionally uses it as a podium for his political activities in order to preserve his church's status as a religious charity.
For a number of years, Campbell hosted a daily evangelical radio show on a small Toronto area radio station. In 1999, he protested a same-sex wedding ceremony at Brent Hawkes's Metropolitan Community Church. Around 2000, while recovering from prostate cancer, Campbell moved himself and his ministry from Ontario to the interior of British Columbia where he now operates.
Ironically, a different Ken Campbell was one of Canada's most prominent HIV/AIDS awareness activists in the early 1990s, appearing in public service announcements funded by the Ontario government's Ministry of Health.
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