From Murray Rankin's Desk: MPs call for diversity on banknotes

Today, Official Opposition Status of Women critic Niki Ashton and I urged the Bank of Canada to ensure greater equality and diversity on banknotes.

When the Bank of Canada rolled out its new polymer notes in 2011, one change stood out: the only women from Canadian history to feature on a banknote—the ‘Famous Five’ and Thérèse Casgrain—had been replaced by an icebreaker. Victoria historian Merna Forster took action, starting an online petition which has gathered 53,013 signatures and the attention of national media. 

In support of this campaign, I’ve joined with Niki Ashton, the Official Opposition Critic for the Status of Women, to write to the governor of the Bank of Canada and ask for details on their policies—current and forthcoming—to ensure that all future banknotes celebrate the full diversity of our country and the contributions to its history made by people of all genders, ages, religions and ethnicities.

Join us by adding your name to the online petition:https://www.change.org/p/bank-of-canada-add-women-from-canadian-history-to-canadian-bank-notes