Poll reveals public’s thoughts on ‘banknotable’ women

About 80 per cent of Canadians believe a woman (and not the Queen) should be on the country’s forthcoming banknote series, and nearly 30 per cent favour Nellie McClung as that woman, according to a recent survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute (ARI).

An ongoing public consultation will help determine the “noteworthy” and “inspiring” Canadian woman to be featured on a new Canadian banknote, which is slated to enter circulation next year. Following a public opinion survey expert historical consultation, the Bank of Canada’s advisory council will shorten the list to three to five names. Finance Minister Bill Morneau gets the final decision as per Canadian law.

McClung, who was described in the ARI poll as “a member of the ‘Famous Five’ who won women the right to be appointed to the Senate”, was followed by fellow suffrage campaigner Thérèse Casgrain at 19 per cent and first female aircraft designer Elsie MacGill at 18 per cent.

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