A special Canadian edition of It Happened On by special request from my co-author. If there’s anything more boring than history, it’s Canadian history – but today’s not too bad
It happened on December 6 1921…Agnes McPhail is elected to the House of Commons for the United Farmers of Ontario in the first election in which all Canadian women exercise their right to vote
Prior to this, only wives of soldiers could vote during World War I
McPhail was the first woman to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons, and one of the first two women elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Also on December 6 1989, Marc Lepine, age 25, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, knives and bandoliers of ammunitions, kills 14 female engineering students in a classroom at the École Polytechnique, Université de Montréal. He also wounds 13 others, shouting “You’re all a bunch of feminists” then turns the gun on himself
Couldn’t Lepine just turn the gun on himself first?