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The 'Persons' Case - The Disappointment

Six weeks later, on April 24, 1928, the Supreme Court of Canada said "no." The five male Justices stated that the British North America Act had to be interpreted in light of the times in which it was written. In 1867, women did not vote, run for office or serve as elected officials.

Only male nouns and pronouns were used in the British North America Act. As well, the British House of Lords did not have a woman member and therefore, the justices concluded Canada should not change this tradition.

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