Mr. Speaker, October 18, 1929, marks a pivotal moment in Canadian history when women were officially recognized as persons and granted the right to sit in the Senate.
This happened through the relentless effort of five women from Alberta. They successfully redefined the word “person” to include women. This gave women the same right as men to serve in the Senate of Canada. It also paved the way for women's increased participation in public and political life, and opened new doors of opportunity for generations of women and girls. Without the efforts and sacrifices of these five women, we would not be here today.
On Persons Day this year, let us renew our commitment to making a difference in the lives of women and girls so that our country continues its incredible journey towards equality for all.
Happy Person's Day.