Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak on the occasion of Persons Day, a day that recognizes the historic decision to include women in the definition of persons under the law, which was handed down on October 18, 1929.
It is hard to believe today that a law needed to be passed for us to legally recognize the remarkable contributions of women to our democracy and our society.
When I think of the incredibly talented women in my riding and their achievements, I am nothing short of inspired. In particular, I would like to take this opportunity to commend Janine Purves, Anne Marie Dean, Marj Andre, Kathleen Mochnacki, Sherry Bennett, Heather Skoll, Fatima Sajan, Mahnaz Shahbasi, and Amy Tam for their hard work and dedication toward the betterment of our community in Richmond Hill.
Their contributions have impacted my riding in key areas including poverty reduction, environmental action, and community building.
Because of Her, Richmond Hill is better off.