Sketches of Parliament and Parliamentarians Past: Trailblazer: Canada’s First Female Clerk

Article 14 / 14 , Vol 40 No 3 (Autumn)

Sketches of Parliament and Parliamentarians Past: Trailblazer: Canada’s First Female Clerk

Newfoundland and Labrador was the last province to enter Confederation, but it boasts an important Canadian first – Bettie Duff, who served as Clerk of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1977-1991 was the first woman to hold this position in the country. In this special edition of the Canadian Parliamentary Review celebrating 100 years of Canadian women parliamentarians, it is fitting that we are also able to honour one of the trailblazing women working within parliamentary institutions that support parliamentarians’ ability to fulfill democratic responsibilities.