Persons Day – CFUW Nanaimo – October 15, 2016

CFUW Nanaimo would like to invite you to a luncheon to celebrate Persons Day.

Date:  Saturday Oct 15, 2016 at 12:00pm
Where:  St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall, 4235 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC

Tickets for the lunch, door prizes and a guest speaker are $25.00.

Persons Day is an annual celebration in Canada that honors the case of Edwards v. Canada. The Famous Five (Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney and Henrietta Muir Edwards) requested the Supreme Court of Canada answer the question: “Does the word ‘Persons’ in S. 24 of the BNA in 1867, include female persons?”.

The initial ruling was no and the case went to the Judicial Committee of the Imperial Privy Council, which at that time was the last resort court for Canada. The case was decided on October 18, 1929 by Privy Council, which held that women were persons for all reasons under the British North America Act and eligible to sit in the Canadian Senate.

Please contact Suzanne at CFUW Nanaimo at for further information.

Susan Murphy
CFUW Nanaimo Club President