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272 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE bia, I thank the Law Courts for providing the Great Hall as a backdrop for participants who were there to recognize the journey of women’s right to vote in B.C. Joined by my colleague and emcee, the Honourable Linda Reid, it was a pleasure and privilege to share the celebration with over 400 distinguished guests, speakers, students, teachers, public citizens and sponsors. The students from Killarney Secondary School stole the show with a remarkable and moving display of slam poetry, film, music and theatre that brought the history of women’s suffrage to life. Complemented by contributions from the Royal BC Museum, the celebration was truly a unique opportunity to showcase 100 years of women’s right to vote in British Columbia. We were honoured to have been joined at the event by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. These strong women leaders, with deep connections to British Columbia, not only provided historical, legal and political context, but also offered inspirational commentary for current and future generations. In her remarks, Chief Justice McLachlin noted that “it is difficult, today, to imagine a democracy where any citizen is refused the vote. By 1900, propertied women had won some voting rights, including the right to vote in and stand for local offices. It was not until 1916, however, that women won the right to vote in provincial elections.”


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