Harper government quietly eliminated Thérèse Casgrain award

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Harper government quietly eliminated Thérèse Casgrain award




Federal award named after feminist icon and heroine of Quebec women's rights movement eliminated


The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate the War of 1812 and other episodes from Canadian history, but has also erased at least one inspiring piece of the past.

Thérèse Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, to be replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister's banner.

The Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award was created in 1982 by the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau.

Casgrain fought for the right of Quebec women to vote, which they finally won in 1940.

She also became the first female leader of a political party in Canada, heading the CCF in Quebec, and was appointed to the Senate in 1970 by Trudeau.

The Casgrain award honoured Canadian activists such as June Callwood until it was eliminated — unannounced — by the federal government in 2010.

Just listing another crime of this evil regime.


alan smithee alan smithee's picture

When is it going to sink in to everyone's thick head that the Harper regime is the worst government we have ever seen?

ABC..KIck these fuckers out ASAP.

swallow swallow's picture

Yet another appalling act by the Harper government, yes. 

Hopefully the snub will inspire more people to learn about the [url=http://www.elections.ca/res/eim/article_search/article.asp?id=79&lang=e&... life of Therese Forget Casgrain[/url]

[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9r%C3%A8se_Casgrain]Her wikipedia article is also OK[/url]


So many small sins to be reversed.