McKinney, Louise National Historic Person
(© Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Library and Archives Canada, 1989-565 CPA)
50 Avenue West and 2nd Street West, Claresholm, Alberta
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
1868 to 1931
First woman member of the Legislative Assembly in the British Empire (1917)
Existing plaque: Post Office, 50 Avenue West and 2nd Street West, Claresholm, Alberta
Born in Frankville, Ontario, a graduate of Ottawa Normal School, Louise McKinney, with her husband and child, settled at Claresholm, Alberta, in 1903. An active member of the WCTU and the IODE and a tireless worker for social causes including temperance and women's rights, she fought hard for female suffrage, which was granted in 1916, before entering provincial politics. Having served one term (1917-21) as an elected member of the Legislature, she became an active member of the group of five whose appeal to the Privy Council earned for women the right of entry to the Canadian Senate. She died at Claresholm.