Murdoch Mysteries Histories

SO… Murdoch Mysteries proud feminist streak carried on this week with an election special.

It was another deftly-plotted and sometimes unsettling episode. The scene where the two Drs. walk to the front of the polling line and then… nothing. They have to stand aside and let the men pass as they do not have the right to vote.

And, at the end, a little girl asks for the female candidate’s autograph. Well, this is Murdoch ~ every ep introduces me to more Canadian history and the little girl is called Agnes Macphail:

After amendments to the Elections Act by the Conservative Partygovernment in 1919, Macphail was elected to the House of Commons as a member of the Progressive Party of Canada for the Grey Southeast electoral district (riding) in the 1921 federal election. She was the first womanMember of Parliament (MP) in Canada. Macphail was re-elected in the 1925, 1926, and 1930 federal elections.

Macphail objected to the Royal Military College of Canada in 1924 on the grounds that it taught snobbishness and provided a cheap education for the sons of the rich and again in 1931 on pacific grounds.[3]

As a radical member of the Progressive Party, Macphail joined the socialistGinger Group, faction of the Progressive Party that later led to the formation of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). She became the first president of the Ontario CCF in 1932.[4] However, she left the CCF in 1934 when the United Farmers of Ontario pulled out, over fears of Communist influence in the Ontario CCF.[5] While Macphail was no longer formally a CCF member, she remained close to the CCF MPs and often participated in caucus meetings. The CCF did not run candidates against Macphail in her three subsequent federal campaigns. (Wikipedia)

Thank you again, Murdoch Mysteries!