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As of 22 April 2013 Ontario Women are Finally Emancipated

Well, not quite, but almost!

I know you thought that women had equal rights in this country. Pretty close, but one more step.

Canada is a constitutional monarchy with membership in the British Commonwealth.

The Monarch of Britain is also the Monarch of Canada, the Head of State. This is still the case, notwithstanding the Constitution Act, 1982.

So, you will clearly be interested to see that the House of Lords in Britain passed the Succession to the Crown Bill on 22 April 2013. This legislation will end male precedence in the line of succession to the throne of Great Britain.

However, it still needs Royal Assent. The Queen must sign the Bill before it becomes law.

Then, younger sons will no longer automatically be higher in the line of succession for assumption to the role of Monarch over their older sisters.

That’s a great step forward, and you might have thought that the right to own property (1884), the right to vote (1920), or the right to be considered a person (1929) were really all that were needed to equalize laws for women. But don’t forget that discrimination based on sex was still permitted until recent amendments to Ontario’s Human Rights Code, and there was no specific anti-discrimination provision against women contained in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

That’s why it’s nice to see that the final step in women’s complete emancipation is now just the stroke of a pen away in the hands of Queen Elizabeth II.

Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker is a Manager at RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage 416-745-2300.