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Judging history by the standards of today would empty museums... is that really what we want?

Nelson McCausland


Even fabled historical characters like Marie Stopes turn out to have feet made of clay, says Nelson McCausland

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The ‘famous five’ statue that includes Nellie McClung in Winnipeg

The ‘famous five’ statue that includes Nellie McClung in Winnipeg

The ‘famous five’ statue that includes Nellie McClung in Winnipeg

A decade ago, a statue of Nellie McClung (1873-1951) was erected in Winnipeg, in the grounds of the Manitoba legislature. She was a social reformer and was one of the "famous five" suffragists who secured votes for women in Canada. She also served as a Liberal in the legislatures of both Manitoba and Alberta and was a popular author.

It was not surprising then that, in 1954, she was named by the Canadian government as a person of "national significance" and that, since then, she has appeared on a Canadian stamp.

In 2010, the Nellie McClung Society decided to erect a statue to her, but this soon ran into opposition from a human rights lawyer. She was a feminist, a social reformer and a liberal, so what was the problem?