Here's a sentence from a propaganda flyer from La Ligue des Droits de la Femme, the organization that fought for the right for Quebec women to vote in Provincial Elections...
It is claimed that a full 95 percent of Canadian Women voted in the 1921 election, the first where they had the vote. I doubt it.
I've posted this bit before... It's a letter from Margaret Nicholson to her daughters the day after she voted in Richmond, Quebec. Among her Anglo Protestant neighbours, the kind of women who lobbied for the vote, only a portion voted. And it's funny to see, that even then, they had all the usual excuses, the same ones people use today.
"Mrs. Tanner was at Ethel's. She said she did not vote but had she voted she would have voted for Tobin. Mrs. Farquarson voted, but seems ashamed of it. Mrs. Montgomery arrived to late to vote."
Here's a letter Margaret wrote during the 1921 campaign, where her neighbour, Mrs. Montgomery, rocked the boat at a meet-and-greet.... and embarrassed Margaret.
The ironic thing is Mrs. Montgomery is the one who actually gets it, who understands democracy. She's daring to speak out, to speak truth to power. The politicians are forced to dance around her question.
Canadian Politicians are no different today, when it comes to Quebec.
Wednesday, November 23, 1921
Dear Edith and Flora and Marion,
thought I must jot a few things down while they are fresh in my mind.
We had the Tobin meeting last night and Tobin was first speaker. . He
made a very fine speech and said he wanted to thank his friend Mr.
Crombie who opposed him in 1917 that he did it convincingly and after
the war returned to his party. "The Applause hearty and long."
Then the Honorable Mitchell. His speech was grand. He was speaking about the conservatives claiming they gave women the franchise. He said how Dougherty in the House argued that women were not persons. Said he had always been in favour of it. Just then Mrs. Montgomery who was in the center of the hall said the Quebec government thought they were not persons. Mitchell stopped and asked her what she meant.
As she repeated he said, I will explain that Madam. Mr Ginn and myself were in favour of it but we did not want a minority to force anything in a majority that did not want it. Said Roman Catholic church did not want it. We were all disgusted at hearing her voice; I'm sure he did not like it. It was the only interruption at the meetings. I asked Mrs. Fraser to go. We were on the elevated. Father went with Mr. Ginn.
I do hope the Liberals will
win out. Mrs. Farquharson takes no interest, but I will make sure she
gets to the polls and votes for Tobin. Take care of the little ones. I
am anxious to see them but must stay here until after the election. I
may be so sorry I will need a change.
Anyway, yesterday I read some LAYS of Marie de France. Marie de France was a medieval writer, who wrote these chivalric love stories. Some are read on Librivox and very nicely too! (Some Librivox readings are awful, most are neither here nor there.)
I've used to hearing people like Patrick Stewart or Jeremy Irons reading books on BBC Radio Four, so my standards are high.
My neighbours in the 1960's attended a Private School in Montreal called Marie de France, It is still around on Queen Mary. It's a school that follows an International Curriculum.
I recall helping my younger friend write a story on 'pets.'
I was one year older and probably a better student.
Afterwards, I asked her about the mark she had gotten.
She said she had failed.
"What?" I asked.
"It was supposed to be a cathechism story. About God and pets."