Agnes Macphail Digital Collection
Sisters Unveil Statue Late M.P.


Description
Creators:
Ottawa Citizen, Author
William Newton
, Photographer
Media Type:
Text
Item Type:
Clippings
Description:
Report of the unveiling of commemorative bust of Agnes Macphail at the House of Commons; photo includes Hugh and Lilly Bailey, of W.M. Reany and Gertha Reany, and H.A. Spence, city passenger agent, CNR
Inscriptions:
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
Sisters Unveil Statue Late M.P.
Canada's first, woman parliamentarian, the late Agnes Macphail, was honored at a special ceremony Tuesday on the 33rd anniversary of the day she took her seat, in the House of Commons.
A bronze bust of Miss Macphail, who died in 1954, was unveiled in the southwest corridor of the main Parliament Building near the House of Commons chamber, by Miss Macphail's sisters, Mrs. Meredith Reany of Palmerston and Mrs. Hugh Bailey, Toronto.
Commoners, senators and close relatives of the prominent C.C.F. member were invited to attend the ceremony on the floor of the House when tribute was paid Miss Macphail. The unveiling ceremony, which followed, was open to the public.
The bust, by sculptor Felix Weihs de Weldon of Washington, was offered to the Commons internal economy committee more than a year ago by Miss Macphail's two sisters. The committee decided to accept the bust last June following representations from women members of the Senate and Commons, members of Parliament generally and various women's organizations.
Miss Macphail first was elected to the Commons Dec. 6, 1921, as candidate for the United Farmers of Ontario. She took her seat in the House March 8, 1922, as member for Grey South East. She was re-elected in subsequent elections in 1925, 1926, 1930 and 1935 before being defeated in the 1940 elections. She later served in the Ontario legislature as a C.C.F. member.
Miss Macphail became a member of the C.C.F. on its inception as a political party in 1932. She was closely associated with the late J. S. Woodsworth, former C.C.F. leader, in formation of the party.
[caption]:
Here For Ceremony - Sisters of the late Agnes Macphail are in Ottawa for today's unveiling of a bust of Canada's first woman Member of Parliament. The ceremony to honor Miss Macphail is taking place in the House of Commons this afternoon. Shown, left to right, are: Hugh Bailey and Mrs. Bailey of Toronto; W. M. Reany and Mrs. Reany of Palmerston; H. A. Spence, city passenger agent, CNR.
Publisher:
Ottawa citizen
Place of Publication:
Ottawa, On.
Date of Original:
March 9, 1955
Date Of Event:
1955
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
996.023.019a
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.4254435595805 Longitude: -75.6909942626953
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Protected by copyright: Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permissions and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Date:
1955
Copyright Holder:
Ottawa Citizen; Greg Newton
Terms of Use:
Photograph reproduced with permission, Newton Photographic.
Reproduction of digital objects is restricted to fair use for personal study or research, any other use must be done with permission of copyright holder.
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Sisters Unveil Statue Late M.P.


Report of the unveiling of commemorative bust of Agnes Macphail at the House of Commons; photo includes Hugh and Lilly Bailey, of W.M. Reany and Gertha Reany, and H.A. Spence, city passenger agent, CNR