Women's Rights In Canada Research Paper

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Women (228-231) • Historically, women were considered property • No voting or political rights • Until the early twentieth century when women in Canada were excluded from holding political office, sitting in the Senate and becoming judges. • They were not considered “people” until 1929 • Case of Edwards v. Attorney General for Canada is proof that our Supreme Court wasn’t even ready to consider women as a person. • Emily Murphy, Canada’s first female judge, was denied a spot in the Senate. • Murphy and four other women, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Nellie McClung, sent a reference (that is, a question concerning a constitutional issue) to the Supreme Court. • The Governor-General-in-Council would then…show more content…
• This organization has intervened in over 140 cases since it was formed in 1985, and judgments have considered such issues such as violence against women, sexual harassment, and spousal support. • They have worked in cases where there has been a denial of equality rights such as the case of Doe v. Metropolitan Toronto (Municipality) Commissioners of Police. • Jane Doe launched a civil suit against the Toronto police after she was the victim of a serial rapist who had been targeting an area in downtown Toronto where she has lived in the summer of 1986. • She successfully sued for damages on the grounds that the police, in failing to warn women in the area of the “balcony rapist” were, in effect, using them as bait to catch the rapist. • This infringed on the grounds of her equality rights under s.15 (1) of the charter, which states that everyone is equal before and under the law and has the right to equal protection… • Doe also claimed that the police had breached her legal right under s.7 “to life, liberty and security of the…show more content…
• He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1990 • Since 1984, the Chinese Canadian National Council had been urging the federal government to compensate surviving Chinese immigrants who were forced to pay the head tax • In the case of Mack v. Canada, the plaintiffs sought reimbursement for the head taxes paid, plus interest and damages for pain and suffering. • The claim amounted to 23 million of head-tax revenues collected during the time. • They felt that the government of Canada was “unjustly enriched” • They were unable to succeed in their argument of just enrichment • The Ontario Court of Appeal agreed with the decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that the statement of claim “disclosed no reasonable cause of action” • The case then appealed to the Supreme Court but left with their appeal denied in April 2003 • The aftermath or WW1 exposed human rights violations and discriminations worldwide. • The creation of the United Nations and its Universal Declaration of Human Rights were to influence the development of Canadian rights legislation • In 1947., Chinese Canadians were given the right to vote in federal and provincial

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