On today’s date in 1953, a statue of former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier was unveiled in Montréal’s Dorchester Square (then known as Dominion Square).
Built by Canadian sculptor Joseph-Émile Brunet on the southern side of Dominion Square—facing the U.S.—the bronze and granite monument depicts Laurier standing beneath a granite relief of the provinces and a bas-relief of man and woman sharing the harvest.
A CELEBRATED CANADIAN
Laurier, who was Canada’s seventh prime minister, serving from 1896-1911, has been featured on several of the country’s banknotes since his death. Most recently, he was depicted on the $5 note of the Frontier Series. Entering circulation on Nov. 3, 2013, this $5 bill was not the first to don Laurier’s image.
Laurier has been depicted on several banknotes issued by the Bank of Canada, including the $1,000 note of the 1935 Series and 1937 Series as well as the $5 note of the 1972 Scenes of Canada Series (including the 1979 update).
He has also graced the 1986 Birds of Canada Series; 2002 Journey Series (the series that brought us “Spocking Fives”); and 2013 Frontier Series.