Electing Women in Ontario

Federally, women became eligible to vote on the 24th of May, 1918, “and in 1929 Canadian women were legally declared "persons" and were granted the right to become members of the Senate.” (http://www.rbcbank.com/responsibility/letter/nov_dec1991.html) Since then, many Canadian women have been participating in the electoral process and affairs of state.Women only won the right to vote gradually in Canada and remain underrepresented in Parliament as well as in provincial legislatures. The first federal election in which women were able to vote and run as candidates was 1921. In that election, four women ran for office and Agnes Campbell MacPhail (1890-1954) made history as the first woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons. Between 1921 and 2006, 3402 women candidates stood in the 39 general elections and won on 426 occasions. (http://www.worldmayor.com/manifestos05/mississauga_05.html)Hazel McCallion was first elected to the office of Mayor of Mississauga, Ontario in November 1978, and she is the longest-serving Mayor in the city’s history. On the 11th of November 2003, Hazel McCallion started her 10th term as Mayor of Mississauga, Ontario.She was acclaimed in 1980, re-elected in 1982 and 1985, acclaimed again in 1988 and re-elected in 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006. The Mayor was runner-up in World Mayor 2005. Mayor McCallion was born in Port-Daniel on the Gaspe Coast of Quebec and educated in Quebec City and Montreal. She then began a career with Canadian Kellogg, and remained with the company for 19 years. In 1967 she decided to leave the corporate world and devote her career to politics. She was elected Chairman of the Streetsville Planning Board that year, and again in 1968. Later that same year, she became Deputy Reeve of Streetsville. She was later appointed Reeve, and then elected Mayor of Streetsville in 1970, serving until December 1973. When the Region of Peel was established in 1974, Ms. McCallion was elected to the Mississauga and Peel Regional Councils.