Persons Day 2016 – October 18, 2016
Today is “Persons Day”, a day when we recognize the contributions of the “Famous Five” – the five women who pursued the crucial court case to declare women as “persons” under the British North American Act. These five courageous women from the Canadian Prairies – Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney, and Henrietta Muir Edwards – successfully appealed the “Persons Case” in 1929 to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council so that women would be eligible for appointment to the Senate of Canada.
As a female Senator from Saskatchewan, I feel especially indebted to this determined group of women. The Persons Case affirmed the right for women to be appointed to the Senate, which paved the way for the further expansion of women’s rights under the law in Canada. The Famous Five recognized that women’s suffrage was only the beginning. Women had the right to be equal persons and participants in Canadian society – not only as voters, but also as political representatives and leaders.
Senator Batters talks to CTV Power Play’s Don Martin about her opposition to the inclusion of psychological suffering as grounds for physician-assisted suicide. (Feb 25, 2016)
(Video courtesy of CTV’s Power Play with Don Martin)
Help the mentally ill, don’t kill them: National Post (March 14, 2016)
Senator Batters’ op-ed on how the Parliamentary Joint Committee’s recommendations on physician-assisted suicide went too far and why psychological suffering should not be included in upcoming legislation on this issue.
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