Canadian cash should start featuring more women, the finance minister said.
In response to calls to move beyond notes that have stuck to images of Queen Elizabeth II and male prime ministers, Bill Morneau told reporters in Toronto Wednesday he would green light such a submission from the country’s central bank.
“The Bank of Canada regularly does consultations on the people and the pictures that are on our bank note,” he said. “I would be strongly supportive of a recommendation from the Bank of Canada to put an iconic woman, or women, on the bank note.”
Canada and the U.K. have both faced pressure to make the people featured on bank notes more diverse. At the Bank of England, Governor Mark Carney chose 19th-century novelist Jane Austen to ensure banknotes depicted at least one historical female figure.
Some of Canada’s money already features a woman’s signature, as the most current bills are signed by Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins. She was the first woman to hold the number two post at the central bank, and her autograph is on the notes along with that of Governor Stephen Poloz.
Spokeswoman Josianne Menard said by e-mail Wednesday that the Bank of Canada is committed to “designing bank notes that have broad appeal and reflect the diversity of our country.”