Canada’s currency should reflect the contributions of women to our society
Montreal, August 11, 2015 – Marvin Rotrand, Councillor Snowdon, intends to file a motion in favor of greater representation of women in Canadian currency at the City Council meeting scheduled for 17 August.
Mr. Rotrand is supported by several Montreal elected officials, including Ms. Manon Barbe, Mayor of the Borough of Lasalle, Claude Dauphin, borough mayor of Lachine, Manon Gauthier, Consultant of the borough, Andrée Henault, councilor of the borough of Anjou, Steve Shanahan, consultant of the borough of Ville-Marie and Jeremy Searle, councilor of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce .
“With the exception of Queen Elizabeth II, female figures appear in Canadian currency during the issuance of special parts, which completely obscures their contributions to our modern society,” said Marvin Rotrand.
“Women have contributed to all aspects of Canadian life, including the construction and enhancement of economic fundamentals, political, social and cultural affairs. Despite these important contributions, they are practically absent on the Canadian dollar, “added Mr. Rotrand
“We encourage the Bank of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint to remedy the situation and promote the values that Canadians hold dear, including gender equality, honoring more female personalities who have contributed to the advancement of our society “, concluded Rotrand advisor.
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Motion highlighting the weak presence of women leaders in Canadian currency and tickets and inviting the Royal Canadian Mint and the Bank of Canada to remedy the situation
Whereas the symbols of the nation should reflect to the world the values that are dear to its citizens;
Whereas gender equality is a fundamental Canadian value recognized in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms; Whereas women have contributed to all aspects of Canadian life, including the construction and enhancement of economic fundamentals, political, social and cultural affairs;
Whereas, despite these significant contributions, women’s personalities are practically absent on the Canadian currency and tickets, with the exception of Queen Elizabeth II;
Whereas, at the exception of Queen Elizabeth II image that is found on the nickels, dimes, twenty-five cents, one dollar, two dollars and twenty dollar bills, no female personality appears on coins or bank notes;
Whereas in 2004, the Bank of Canada has circulated a fifty dollar bill, both honoring the contributions of Madame Thérèse Casgrain, the first woman leader of a political party in Canada that has worked to advance the cause women and those of consolidation The Famous Five (Nelly McClung, Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney and Henrietta Edwards), five Canadian women who obtained that the term “person” used in constitutional texts designates both women men;
Whereas this fifty dollar was removed and replaced with a note representing the former Canadian Prime Minister WL Mackenzie King;
Whereas the other female figures appear in Canadian currency at issuance of special parts, including the play of two hundred dollars in 1994 and a room of twenty-five cents in 2008, representing both Anne of the Green Gables, room twenty-five cents issued in 2014 in honor of Laura Secord and finally the limited edition of a five dollar coin bearing the image of Alice Monroe who won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature ;
It is proposed by Marvin Rotrand And supported by Manon Barbe, Andree Henault, Manon Gauthier, Claude Dauphin, Steve Shanahan and Jeremy Searle
That the City Council recognizes the limited presence of women leaders on the coins and bank notes in Canada; That the city council invited the Royal Canadian Mint and the Bank of Canada to remedy the situation by ensuring that the Canadian currency and notes proudly reflect the important and valuable contributions of women to our society.