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Ottawa lists 29 women who should have buildings named for them

Women's rights pioneer Nellie McClung is among the women recommended to have a federal building named after them. The Canadian Press Archives / National Archives of Canada

OTTAWA – The federal government has a list of 29 prominent Canadian women it thinks deserve to have buildings named in their honour.

So far, not one has been chosen, but the Public Works Department says the list remains available for future use.

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Status of Women prepared the list featuring historic female figures such as women’s rights activist Nellie McClung, former Supreme Court justice Bertha Wilson and nuclear physicist Harriet Brooks for the department more than four years ago.

Since then, the previous Conservative government named 13 federal buildings, including one after War of 1812 hero Laura Secord and another for scientist Dr. Alfreda Berkeley – two women not on the list.

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The new Liberal government is expected to unveil its first federal building name Thursday, when it rechristens the Greater Moncton International Airport in honour of former governor general Romeo LeBlanc.

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New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson, the critic for status of women, says Canadians want to see their public institutions reflect the diversity of the country.

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