Manitoba Opposition Leader Brian Pallister has written to the Governor of the Bank of Canada to advocate for having Nellie McClung’s picture on a banknote in recognition of her historic success in getting the right to vote for most women in this province.
“I feel strongly that Manitoba’s own Nellie McClung is a most fitting choice for an honour like this,” said Pallister. “Today is the 100th anniversary of Manitoba enfranchising women, and Nellie McClung was the driving force behind this milestone.”
Pallister’s letter to Governor Stephen Poloz was sent today, and reads in part:
“I am writing to express my support for placing a woman on one of Canada’s banknotes. This would be a visible and important expression of the role women have played in Canada’s life and history. . . I can see no better representation of a female pioneer and democratic icon on a Canadian banknote than Nellie McClung’s image. This would be a vivid visual reminder to all Canadians, young and old, of how we hold democracy dear and everyone’s place in it.”
Today, January 28, is the 100th anniversary of Manitoba passing legislation giving most women in this province the right to vote. We were the first province to do so in Canada.
“There is a commemorative coin in the works, honouring most women getting the right to vote,” added Pallister. “But that’s temporary, and doesn’t single out Nellie McClung herself. Her leadership and perseverance warrant something more lasting.”
The Bank of Canada recently invited Canadians to comment on the principles guiding the design of banknotes. When asked what considerations should factor into banknote design, respondents most frequently cited gender equality and inclusion of more women. Canadian history was also cited as an important factor.