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Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

and is currently the Shadow Cabinet critic for Democratic Institutions.

He served from 2008 to 2015 as the chairman of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

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The Persons Case: Two Articles

December 1, 2015
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The Persons Case

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The court case that changed everything

The 1929 “Persons Case”, in which the courts ruled that women ought to be regarded as “eligible persons” for the purposes of Senate appointments, has assumed such legendary proportions in Canada that it is commemorated by a statue on Parliament Hill. My feelings about this mythology are mixed, as I explain in the accompanying short editorial (first published as an op-ed in the National Post on October 22, 2012) and in the longer academic paper, also first published in October 2012.

As you can see from the papers, I am a great admirer of this ruling, and I think it is justly famous. However, I am disturbed by the way in which the mythology about the ruling departs so dramatically from what the Court actually ruled back in 1929. The longer paper is my attempt to set the record straight. -Scott Reid, December 1, 2015.

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Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

and is currently the Shadow Cabinet critic for Democratic Institutions.

He served from 2008 to 2015 as the chairman of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

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