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State funeral for Claire Kirkland-Casgrain

State funeral for Claire Kirkland-Casgrain


Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, the first woman elected to the National Assembly and member of the Council of Ministers, passed away Thursday. She will be entitled to a state funeral, said the Prime Minister Philippe Couillard. It will be the first woman to receive this honor in Quebec.


The latter spoke of "commitment and dedication" of Ms. Kirkland-Casgrain, as the first woman to hold office in political and legal areas in Quebec, "put his beliefs in the service of gender women and men ".

Born Marie Claire Kirkland, she was elected Liberal MP for the riding of Jacques-Cartier, the election of 14 December 1961.

It was then re-elected in 1962 and in Marguerite-Bourgeoys in 1966 and 1970.

She held the ministerial posts of Transport and Communications, Minister of Tourism, Hunting and Fishing.

She was then appointed a judge of the Provincial Court and President of the Minimum Wage Board in February 1973. Then, Ms. Kirkland-Casgrain became a judge in the judicial district of Montreal from 1980. She retired in 1991.

She was born September 8, 1924 in Palmer, Massachusetts.

She had been for more than 12 years the only woman to serve as an MP in Quebec.

Mrs. Casgrain, who was a lawyer, has advanced the cause of women by adopting in 1964 a bill that ended the legal incapacity of married women. Before this law, a married woman had no right to sign a lease or open a bank account without the written consent of her husband.

Ms. Kirkland-Casgrain, married to lawyer Philippe Casgrain, had also not been able, once elected member, sign a lease for an apartment in Quebec, because his signature as a married woman was not valid.

While she was in the official opposition in 1969, it had adopted a draft law on matrimonial property regimes and the establishment of the conjugal community.
His commitment was recognized in 2001 at the fortieth anniversary of his first election while a room of the Parliamentary restaurant, located in the Parliament Building, was named in his honor.

Then in 2012, a monument erected near the National Assembly in honor company paid him to Idola Saint-Jean, Marie-Gérin Lajoie and Thérèse Casgrain, who were pioneers in the political struggle for women's rights.

Reactions of the political class

The announcement of the death of Claire Kirkland-Casgrain has provoked many reactions in Quebec and Canadian politicians.

"Thank you for paving the way [to the women]," wrote on Twitter the Economy Minister, Dominique Anglade.

"Quebec has lost a pioneer. First woman MP and minister. You have advanced Quebec. Thank you Ms. Kirkland-Casgrain, "responded his side the PQ leader, Pierre Karl Péladeau, who proposed the Couillard government to organize a state funeral in honor of the disappeared.

"You knew all break a glass and inspire others to ceiling," said the Parti Québécois MP Véronique Hivon.

The leader of the future Coalition Québec, François Legault, spoke of a "basic figure of our collective story."

"Quebec has lost today a great lady, a lady who has shown not only a pioneer, but as a great minister in the history of Quebec," he said in a statement.
"[I am] saddened by the death of Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, first woman elected to the National Assembly and first woman minister in Quebec," reacted on Twitter Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

"A great pioneer has passed away. Sincere condolences to the family of Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, "wrote Conservative MP Denis Lebel.

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