Toronto's Historical Plaques
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Agnes Macphail (1890-1954)
Photo by contributor Pancheta Barnett - Posted October, 2012
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2012
Photo Source - Wikipedia
Plaque coordinates: 43.704590 -79.373515
Agnes Macphail purchased this property in 1948.
She was the first woman elected to Canada's House of Commons in 1921 and won five successive election victories.
Agnes Macphail fought for health insurance, low-rental housing, agricultural reform, and pensions for the elderly, the blind, and the disabled. Her passion for penal reform led to an inquiry into Canada's prison system that resulted in the Archambault Report.
A delegate to the League of Nations in 1929, she was the first woman named to the Disarmament Committee.
Agnes Macphail was elected MPP for York East in 1943, one of the first two women in the Ontario Legislature, and again served from 1948 to 1951.
Historically important as the residence of one of Canada's most notable politicians, the Agnes Macphail house built in 1937 is designed in the Modern style.
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