Federal First Is 35 Years Late

Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland (University-Rosedale, Ont.) yesterday took the oath as Parliament’s first woman finance minister. The milestone came thirty-five years after the appointment of the country’s first woman treasurer, Conservative MPP Dr. Bette Stephenson, appointed Ontario finance minister in 1985 by then-Premier Frank Miller. Stephenson died a year ago to the date at 95: “I am Canada’s first woman finance minister.”

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