VICTORIA (October 18, 2019) – Official Opposition House Leader, MLA Mary Polak, released the following statement today for Persons Day:
“On October 18, 1929, five brave women beat nearly impossible odds when the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain ruled that the word ‘Person’ in the British North America Act included ‘Female Persons’.
“On this day, we celebrate that landmark case and the resulting social change that gave women the right to hold public office.
“90 years later, the ‘Persons Case’ continues to impact the lives of women, like me, who seek elected office and serve in leadership roles across our country.
“We pay tribute to Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney, and Henrietta Muir Edwards, The Famous Five, for standing up and demanding equal treatment under the law.
“As we commemorate the anniversary of the Persons Case today, the BC Liberal Caucus re-affirms our lasting commitment towards advancing equality and opportunity for women and girls throughout British Columbia.”