An iconic Canadian woman will feature on the country’s next issue of banknotes, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday. Until April 15, Canadians can visit the Bank of Canada’s website to submit nominations for who they think should appear on the bill. Nominees cannot be fictional characters, and must have died prior to April 15, 1991. Once the nomination period is over, an independent advisory council will review the submissions to present a short list to Finance Minister Bill Morneau for consideration. It has not yet been indicated which bill specifically will showcase the iconic female Canadian.
B.C. MP Sheila Malcolmson, the NDP’s critic for Status of Women, approved the move but suggested that closing the gendered wage gap would be more meaningful. Historian Merna Forster, who has led a long-running campaign to get a woman on Canadian banknotes, called it a “long overdue… important step,” saying that she hopes Canada further pursues “gender equality on Canadian notes, as in Sweden and Australia.” Forster thanked the more than 73,000 people who supported her long campaign, as well as the Bank of Canada, Trudeau, and Morneau for what she described as “a memorable International Women’s Day.” The central bank encourages Canadians to tweet out who they think belongs on the bill under hashtag #bankNOTEable.
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