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Political campaign buttons

Jean Augustine’s social activism on various issues of importance to women, visible minorities and youths garnered recognition in a number of political corners.  In 1985, David Peterson’s Ontario Liberal Party had won the popular vote (total number of individual votes), but had won less seats than the Progressive Conservatives.  Peterson signed an accord with the New Democratic Party (NDP) and a Liberal minority government was established with David Peterson as Premier. Premier David Peterson appointed Jean to a "transition team" of citizens to facilitate the transfer of power to the newly-elected Liberal-NDP coalition in 1985.

Jean Augustine was later nominated by Jean Chretien to run as a Liberal candidate in the 1993 federal election. She was a candidate in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding in Toronto, campaigning against incumbent Progressive Conservative Patrick Boyer. Jean Augustine won the election with 42.11% of the votes, becoming the first black woman elected to the House of Commons. In addition to the 1993 federal election, Jean also campaigned under the Chretien government during the 1997and 2000 federal elections. She later campaigned under the Paul Martin government for the 2004 general federal election, winning all four elections before retiring in 2006.

This section provides a selection of political campaign buttons for the Canadian federal and provincial elections, including the Liberal leadership elections. International political buttons are also included from the United States and Grenada.