Rt. Hon. Ellen Fairclough

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tributes |


A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives

The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.

Rt. Hon. Ellen Fairclough

 Honoured by: Flora MacDonald

Rt. Hon. Ellen Fairclough, the first woman to be appointed a cabinet minister in the history of Canada, was an inspiration to me and to many other women, particularly women M.P.s. And she did it in such style. Noted for her eye-catching hats which she wore when campaigning across the country, the flowery hat was in proper place even when about to enter a coal mine shaft in Nova Scotia. Ellen’s fascination with and attention to politics was enthusiastic and enduring. Every time results from a federal by-election or provincial election were reported by ticker-tape to the P.C. National Headquarters, Ellen would be on hand to view them, the only M.P. to do so. And when I ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1976, Ellen took to the stage to support me. She was a great fighter, a great politician, and an example worthy to be emulated.