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Who should it be?
Prime Minister Trudeau announced that there will be a woman on a new polymer banknote that will go into circulation in late 2018. Right now, there are no women from Canadian history honoured on any of our bank notes. (Except, of course, the Queen). So, I guess you could say it's about time. A petition had been circulating for months for a more inclusive currency that honours women and their historical contribution to Canada and so far it has more than 70,000 signatures. Other countries have already risen to the occasion. In Britain, Jane Austen is featured on new 10 pound notes while Australia has several women from history represented on theirs.
Finance minister Bill Morneau is encouraging Canadians to nominate what deserving woman they'd like to see on the new note on the Bank of Canada website. Nominees will only be considered if they're Canadian (either by birth or naturalization), were known for their leadership or achievements that benefited the country. Oh, and they have to have been deceased for at least 25 years. Flip through this gallery for likely contenders!