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Women Voting before 1851
Original title:  d. Le pouvoir au Bas-Canada 1791-1840 : Introduction du parlementarisme - HEC : Pouvoir et pouvoirs

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The fact that women who met eligibility criteria [see Introduction] could vote in legislative elections in Lower Canada, Upper Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia in the 18th and 19th centuries bemused immigrants and visitors, such as the judge and politician William OSGOODE:

“Passing through Montreal in July 1792 [Osgoode] was surprised to find that women could vote ….”


Between 1834 and 1851 laws were adopted in these colonies and in Prince Edward Island to make it illegal for women to vote. In the case of United Canada, this is demonstrated in the biography of the lawyer and politician Robert BALDWIN:

“[Baldwin] was not sympathetic to expansion of women’s legal rights, and in 1849 his government took away the virtually unused right of … women who met the property qualification to vote.”


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