It’s a day worth celebrating for Hedy Fry, who is now Canada’s longest serving female MP.
She says her 23-year service began with a push from then Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
“He told me ‘this is your opportunity to get inside the room and change things, rather than knocking on the door on the outside.’ And he was right. I’ve watched significant changes made in terms of human rights.”
Fry worked as a doctor before setting foot in politics. She says her medical background and dealing with the needs of others helped shape her passion for human rights.
She has seen outright gender inequality in her career, but made countless efforts to change policy and says she’s glad to see the balanced cabinet that we have today.
“When we first came in, women were not at all very equal in Canada and we brought in things like gender-based analysis to the United Nations and within Canada. So every time we brought through legislation, or policy, or programs, we looked to ensure men or women were benefited equally and not disadvantaged.”
Fry says she’s also proud to have helped advance LGBQ rights during her career, and wants to see more done for trans-gendered rights moving forward.
She thanks all constituents for their support in voting for her election after election.