The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Persons Day:
“Today, we reflect on the outstanding contributions and achievements of five Canadian women – Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung, and Henrietta Muir Edwards – who paved the way for women to be considered persons in our country.
“In 1929, the Famous Five achieved an historic legal victory and their fight brought significant reforms to the Canadian Parliament and important societal change. On October 18, we remember this monumental achievement.
“We are also reminded on this day that, while great progress has been made in the fight for equality, there is still much work to be done. Liberals will continue to advocate for full economic, social, reproductive, and political equality for all women, here in Canada and around the world.
“We recognize that public policies affect men and women in different ways, and it is important that government understands these impacts. Liberals are committed to ensuring meaningful gender-based impact analysis in Cabinet decision making. A new Liberal government will also ensure that federal departments are actually conducting the gender-based analysis that has been required of them for the past 20 years.
“On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada, I join Canadians in commemorating the efforts made by the Famous Five, and the trailblazers who have since followed.”