Statement by the Prime Minister for Persons Day
OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 18, 2020 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement for Persons Day:
“Today, we celebrate Persons Day, an important milestone in the struggle for women’s rights and participation in Canadian political life. On October 18, 1929, Canada’s highest court of appeal recognized women as ‘persons’ and granted them the right to be appointed to the Senate.
“The Famous Five – Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney, and Henrietta Muir Edwards – won a hard-fought, two-year-long battle in the landmark Persons Case. It is crucial to acknowledge that while the Persons Case was an important part of women’s history in Canada, many women continued to face discrimination regarding political participation in Canada, including Indigenous women, racialized women, and women with disabilities.