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Petitioning Stephen Poloz

Bank of Canada: Add women from Canadian history to Canadian bank notes

When Mark Carney was governor of the Bank of Canada, the Bank decided to remove the images of the first notable Canadian women who finally made it onto our bank notes. While Queen Elizabeth II appears on $20 notes, the result is that there are again no women from Canadian history on our bills. It is unacceptable that female historical figures are not featured on the Polymer Series or another series - just male prime ministers and the Queen. In 2011, the Bank of Canada began issuing new $50 polymer bills which replaced images of The Famous 5 and Thérèse Casgrain with an icebreaker - rather than images of other female historical figures. Despite a public outcry over the new bills, the Bank of Canada made no changes to the series or firm commitments of more inclusiveness in future bills. Governor Carney issued a press release that indicated "Our bank notes belong to all Canadians, and the work we do at the Bank is for all Canadians." Bank notes that belong to all Canadians should depict a wider range of Canadians, of both genders as well as various ethnic origins. Who and what is celebrated on our bank notes matters, as it reflects what we consider important in our culture and history and who we consider worthy of honouring for achievement. Women are not absent from the list of notable worthies in Canada, just notably absent or under-represented in many of the images that surround us and which contribute to our view of the world and our potential role in it. In a situation very similar to the Canadian one, plans were recently announced by the Bank of England to remove reformer Elizabeth Fry from the face of £5 notes and replace her with Winston Churchill. A storm of criticism following the announcement led to public protests, a petition signed by over 35,000 people, and the threat of legal action funded by $21,500 in donations. This time around, Mark Carney, now the Governor of the Bank of England, reversed plans to dump the only woman on the country's bank notes. He announced on July 24, 2013 that author Jane Austen would be featured on new £10 notes. British journalists such as Danica Kirka praised the decision as "a sign that there is plenty of pride and little prejudice against women on the country's currency." Can the same be said in Canada, or are we to assume that the approach of the Bank of Canada indicates plenty of prejudice and little pride in Canadian women? An all-male line-up on bank notes is not acceptable in Canada, anymore than it was in the United Kingdom. Australia provides an excellent example of including nation builders of both genders on its bank notes. Most of the current notes feature a notable woman as well as a man, and a website that provides biographies of each of the people depicted:!note/10. We call on the Bank of Canada to add women from Canadian history to our bank notes as soon as possible, and announce that all future series will feature females as well as males. FRANÇAIS

Merna Forster
73,079 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau

Stop #UnfairTaxChanges: Access to Canada's Health Care Threatened

On July 18, 2017, the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced its intentions to alter the current tax laws for small businesses. The impact of these proposed changes will be immense and disastrous. As hard-working members of society, small businesses provide the economic backbone of Canada. Small business owners receive none of the paid benefits that salaried employees do. The risks and costs of running a small business are high. Tax assistance is vital to ensure the survival of small businesses. Our Canadian doctors are independent of the government and run their clinics like small businesses without any support from the government. Without pensions or any benefits, such as sick leave, maternity leave, health benefits or paid vacation, physicians must independently cover all of the costs of running their offices. Costs include staffing, rent, utilities, all medical equipment/diagnostics, and all medical supplies on top of mandatory licensing and registration fees. This overhead can be between 30-60%. There are 88,000 physicians in Canada and the majority are self-employed.  Each office employs on average 4-6 staff. This allows our physicians to run accessible and efficient offices to help patients obtain medically necessary care. Elimination of tax arrangements which were legally negotiated to help physicians control the expense of running offices will impact patients directly. If these proposed taxation changes are passed, Canada’s doctors will be forced to downsize offices and lay off employees. Many provinces have had millions to billions in unilateral cuts to frontline patient care over the past few years. In Ontario alone, our doctors are now into their fourth year without a contract and there has been over $3.7 Billion unilaterally cut since 2015 by the provincial government from the patient services that our doctors provide. There are millions of patients in Canada without a family doctor and unprecedented wait times for specialists. Medical clinics are already struggling to stay afloat. With these federal tax changes, our physicians will be forced to further reduce clinic hours and cut patient services, ultimately leading to longer and longer wait times. Some physicians will close their offices and retire early or leave Canada. Patient accessibility of medical care in Canada already ranks third last amongst all of the wealthy countries (Commonwealth Fund). These tax changes will be further detrimental to Canada's already ailing health care system. Patients and their physicians deserve and need access to timely and quality medical care in Canada. We all deserve fair taxes to help promote small businesses and ensure their survival.   We the Undersigned, concerned patients and doctors of Canada, urge Prime Minister Trudeau to preserve fair small business tax laws and not further erode access to our precious health care system.  Patients can never come first when frontlines doctors are put last. #ProtectSmallBiz #StopMDExodus #CareNotCuts Please share this petition on Facebook and Twitter. For more information and to stay updated, please like and follow Concerned Ontario Doctors at We are Your Ontario Doctors on Facebook and @OnCall4ON on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you.  

Concerned Patients of Canada .
61,447 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Tom Mulcair, Rona Ambrose, Elizabeth May, Rhéal Fortin, Bill Morneau

Stop Bank Gouging and Abuse

Feeling gouged by your bank?  You have a right to – while businesses in most sectors across Canada were suffering, Canada’s big 6 banks gouged out record annual profits of almost $35 billion in 2015 (which works out to almost $4 million in profit every hour, 5% higher than in 2014, and double their profits in 2010). The big banks also paid their CEOs about $10 million each in 2015, and gave them bonuses that totalled more than $10 million (51% higher than in 2008). In 2016, Canada’s big 6 banks continued to gouge you to hike their profits to more than $37 billion (6% higher than in 2015) – in part by firing thousands of people, cutting services, and hiking fees and credit card interest rates.  And their profits in 2017 are headed even higher -- they have already made $20.6 billion in just 6 months. Canada’s big banks make the highest percentage profits of any comparable banks in the industrialized world while doing far too little to support job-creating businesses and community development across Canada.  A recent CBC-TV news investigation detailed how TD Bank is pushing its employees to sell you products you don't need, and that you can't afford. In a recent report, the federal government points to all these problems -- including the fact that Canada's big banks control more than 90% of the banking market in the country, which makes them even more powerful and unaccountable to customers. But still the federal government continues to fail to require the banks serve everyone well at fair prices, and to require responsible lending and investing.  The federal government even gave the banks a record $114 billion bailout in 2008-2009 (most of it by having CMHC purchase mortgages from the banks), and the federal government will likely bail out the banks again if they have any financial difficulties. The federal government is reviewing the banking law right now – please sign this petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and other federal party leaders to make key changes to require Canada’s big banks serve everyone fairly and well at fair prices, and to lend and invest in sustainable, responsible job-creating businesses and support community development. Your time to be heard and counted is now! See details about gouging and abuse by Canada's big banks in the following recent news stories: (March 16, 2017) Consumer advocates have low expectations for probe into Canada's 5 big banks Democracy Watch (March 16, 2017) - Will Liberals make key changes to stop gouging and abuse of 30 million bank consumers or continue protecting overpaid big bank executives? CBC (March 6, 2017) - Bank employees say their jobs depend on upselling customers products that can put them into debt Financial Post (March 2, 2017) - Big 6 bank profits top $10.5 billion for first quarter of 2017 CBC (March 1. 2017) - A pretty greedy time as profits soar for Canadian banks CBC (June 13, 2016) - Canada's major banks hiking fees while pulling in big profits And see details about the federal Finance Department's public consultation on Canada's financial sector in its Report for Public Consultation on Canada's Financial Sector

Democracy Watch
32,040 supporters
Petitioning Kirsty Duncan, Bill Morneau, Navdeep bains

Ensure Canadians can be among the first to benefit from regenerative medicine research

The cost of treating chronic diseases in Canada is $190B per year and rising.  Regenerative medicine uses stem cell based therapies and technologies to regrow, repair or replace damaged or diseased cells, organs or tissues. It holds significant potential for treating chronic disease and reducing this cost burden.  Stem cell research was pioneered by two Canadians in the 1960s and Canada has been a world leader in this space ever since. But we are in danger of falling behind and losing out on the health an economic advantages this research holds.  Since 2001, the Stem Cell Network (SCN) has transformed stem cell research, bringing it closer to the clinic and marketplace. As the only national network of regenerative medicine researchers, SCN has supported 170 world-class research groups across Canada and provided specialized training for 2,500 young investigators who represent the future of science, technology and medicine. However, without stable and predictable funding support the Stem Cell Network will come to an end on March 31, 2019. Other nations that are investing in regenerative medicine will be the first to benefit. Their populations will be first in line for new therapies, rather than Canadians. Their economies will see new job opportunities and technologies emerge.  An investment in stem cell research is an investment in the future. We are at a tipping point and now is the time to act. This is our science. It's Canada's time. 

Stem Cell Network
21,989 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau

Help secure Canada's place in space

Un message en francais suivra. We, the people and organizations engaged in the Canadian space industry, have started a petition asking Canadians to join us so we Don’t Let Go of Canada's place in space. Please take a minute to sign it, add your voice and share. Canada’s space sector includes some of the country’s most innovative companies, and our universities and research institutions are heavily involved in keeping our brightest and best in Canada in pursuit of these new frontiers. The global space market, in 2018, is now almost $400 billion, and analysts forecast it will be a multi-trillion dollar industry in the coming decades. Canada is well-positioned to take advantage of this growth, but our country has been decreasing its space investments for the past several years.  We are asking you to help us encourage the Government of Canada to #DontLetGoCanada. Don't Let Go of our leadership position in innovation. Don't Let Go of the thousands of jobs in Canada in our space industry. Don't Let Go of a prime driver of STEM research, with the attraction it holds for so many young people interested in building a brighter future. And, Don't Let Go of Canada's role in the international community in shaping the future of space.  Canada's history in space is a long and proud one. We need a fully-funded space strategy, and we call upon the Government of Canada to announce a space strategy. Please add your name to this petition and share your voice. -------------------- Nous, les organisations œuvrant dans l’industrie spatiale canadienne, avons lancé une pétition afin de demander aux Canadiens d’aider le pays à tenir bon. Nous vous prions de prendre le temps de la signer afin d’y ajouter votre voix. Le secteur spatial canadien comprend quelques-unes des entreprises les plus innovantes au pays, et les universités et les centres de recherche ne ménagent pas les efforts afin de garder les meilleurs talents au Canada à la poursuite de ces nouvelles frontières. En 2018, l’industrie spatiale mondiale en est une de près de 400 milliards de dollars, et des analyses prévoient qu’elle pourrait atteindre plusieurs billions de dollars au cours des prochaines décennies. Le Canada est en bonne position pour profiter de cette croissance, mais le pays a réduit ses investissements dans l’industrie spatiale depuis plusieurs années.  Nous vous demandons de nous aider à travailler avec le gouvernement afin de permettre au Canada de ne pas abandonner. De ne pas abandonner notre position de chef de file en innovation. De ne pas abandonner les milliers d’emplois actuels dans l’industrie spatiale canadienne. De ne pas abandonner un des principaux moteurs de la recherche en science, en technologie, en ingénierie et en mathématiques (STIM), une discipline qui exerce un pouvoir d’attraction auprès des jeunes talents qui désirent bâtir un avenir meilleur. Et de ne pas abandonner le rôle du Canada sur la scène internationale pour aider à façonner l’avenir de l’exploration spatiale.  La longue et riche histoire du Canada dans l’espace fait la fierté de notre pays. Nous avons besoin d’une stratégie de l’espace entièrement subventionnée, et nous réclamons l’annonce par le gouvernement du Canada d’une stratégie spatiale. Merci d’ajouter votre nom et votre voix à notre pétition.

Don't Let Go Canada
11,504 supporters
Petitioning Marco Mendocino, Doug Ford, Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Bennett, Bill Morneau, Julie Dabrusin

Require all single-use plastics bought and sold in Canada be biodegradable

The problem of plastic pollution is at its worst and is not getting better.  Globally, waterways have become increasingly polluted, strangling marine life and creating garbage dumps of our magnificent oceans and Great Lakes. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Report launched at the World Economic Forum in 2016, by the year 2050 we can expect to have more plastic in the ocean that fish, with an average of one refuse truck of plastic being dumped into the world's seas every minute. Plastic goods are only growing in demand and although many are recyclable, only 5% actually is. Not to mention the fact that unlike glass and other materials, plastic is only able to be recycled a limited number of times and is therefore unsustainable regardless.  The long-term effects of the small fragments of plastic that are beginning to litter the seabed are unknown, however we are already witnessing the presence of these microplastics in marine life, including the fish we consume. Plastics leach harmful chemicals that easily migrate up the food chain, some of which have already found to be present in humans.  The solution to this is for the world's governments to take action and finally put a ban on the use and distribution of single-use plastics that are not biodegradable. Countless options already exist made of various different materials. the UN Environment lists a few: edible cutlery made of sorghum, plates and cutlery made of bamboo or palm leaf, natural packaging foam made of fungus and agricultural waste, expired milk recreated as a natural clothing fiber, and even pineapple pleather as a replacement for shoes and other plastic goods.  Canada can and should be a global leader in the initiative to save the global environment from plastic pollution, beginning in our own backyard with our Great Lakes and long coastlines. Please! The issue grows worse each passing day. Let us help us help ourselves by restoring a clean and livable environment that does not grow sick and polluted by our own hands.   

Isabella Di Federico
9,886 supporters
Petitioning Bill Morneau, Justin Trudeau

Canadian Female Physicians Urge Federal Liberals: Reverse Proposed Changes To Corporations

To our fellow Canadians:  On July 18th 2017, Bill Morneau, the Federal Finance Minister announced proposed changes to the regulations surrounding the taxation structure for small business owners. This will irreparably damage the gains made by female entrepreneurs in the last decade. We are but one of many groups of professional women affected by this change. We are Canadian Women In Medicine. Here is our letter to Mr. Morneau and Mr. Trudeau. Please sign to show your support. Anybody and everybody can sign. If you are Canadian, and this speaks to you, please sign to support Canadian physicians and the future of our healthcare system.  To Mr. Morneau and Mr. Trudeau: We represent a growing number of female physicians across Canada. We are well-educated, we are committed, we are passionate and we are contributing like never before to our country’s current and future economy. Many of us are also the primary or sole income-earners in our households. In addition, many of us support elderly parents. We are mothers, daughters, wives and caregivers.  The right to incorporate and the associated tax benefits were negotiated by our provincial associations in lieu of raises and benefits. The trade-off allowed us to do the job of caring for our patients, while still caring for the next generation of Canadians, our children. We rely on our corporations to run the business-end of our practices (purchasing medical-grade equipment, staff, overhead, rent, computer technology, protecting patient records and so on). We also rely on our corporations to save for our childrens’ futures, our own future, our retirement. We are not treated like other public servants: we do not get any benefits package, paid maternity leave, pension plans, vacation pay, or sick leave. We pay for all that out-of-pocket.  We run self-employed small businesses. Complicating matters further, we are independent contractors to provincial governments in a single-payer system. These governments unilaterally regulate our fees, so we cannot pass on any extra costs to our patients to make up for potential losses the way dentists, lawyers, and accountants can. Most of us have had our fees cut in recent years, as our provincial governments attempt to balance their budgets. Many of us only make ends meet because of our right to incorporate. Let us be clear: we respect the law. The investment strategies we employ by way of our corporations are not used to dodge taxes. We use this system as a long-term saving strategy, our only strategy, in the absence of reasonable alternatives. We fear the choice we will be forced to make if we lose the ability to run our practices successfully, to save for our children's futures, to retire independently when the time comes. Without the tax benefits of incorporation, many of us will consider leaving our jobs or leaving the country.   The proposed changes to private corporations will affect Canadian female physicians, Canadian physician households and our children in critical ways. Women in Canada have come so far. We stand as an example for all countries. There is no doubt these changes will have lasting negative repercussions on all professional women in the Canadian workforce.  We, female physicians of Canada, urge you to reconsider the proposed changes to private corporations. We have worked unbelievably hard to get here. These tax changes will make it unbelievably hard for us to stay here.

Setareh Ziai
9,180 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Andrew scheer, Lisa Raitt

The Liberals are accessing your private bank info. Say "NO" to Trudeau!

Summary: The Liberal Government supports Stats Can in gather the personal financial information of 500,000 Canadians from the Banks without respecting our Privacy rights or asking our permission.Personal story: We are concerned citizens who feel this action disrespects and violates our right to privacy.The issue: The Prime Minister has broken the laws that cover our right to Privacy (PIPEDA) by authorizing Stats Can to collect the personal financial and banking information/history from Canadian Banks for 500,000 citizens/residents. It is our understanding that this has been done twice since 2016. It is not a one time request and will be repeated as Stats Can finishes culls through the private data collected, probably on an annual basis.. The Banking system is breaking the privacy laws (PIPEDA) by providing the information to Stats Can. The big three banks have come out today to say they have not responded to this request with no mention of the last two. Candace Bergan MP says it has already been done - so which bank provided our info? The Federal government has access to our earnings but they want all transactions made with our after tax dollars including banking transfers to family members, payments made for services or products, including mortgages, credit cards and utilities. We maintain they do not have the right to this information without our signed authorization per the Privacy Act and Andrew Scheer has confirmed this in a statement. We want the Federal Government to cease and desist with regards to the collection of our banking information. We also ask the Banks to refuse to send our information to Stats Can citing PIPEDA immediately and in future.Take action! Sign our petition because YOU (your friends & relatives) could be one of the 500,000 Canadians whose privacy rights have been or are being violated right now - and could be in the future. The Government has no right to this information. Why do they need it? If this petition is unsuccessful, we will call for Canadians to remove their money from Canadian Banks that do not comply and move to a cash payment system. We will also consider a class action law suit against those banks who have complied and the PMO's office.

Gay Miller
8,150 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Ginette Pepitas Taylor, Pam Damoff, Jean-Yves Duclos

National Autism and Special Needs Strategy

Whereas, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition recognized in the DSM V affecting 1 in 68 Canadian children, and can be treated by healthcare professionals, Whereas, the costs of raising and appropriately supporting a child with autism are beyond the means of most Canadians to appropriately fund out of pocket, Whereas, evidence-based, intensive, early intervention has proven to be effective in the treatment and positive long-term outcomes for children with an ASD diagnosis, Whereas, the patchwork of federal and provincial programs to support families of a child or children with a diagnosis are neither sufficient, nor accessible to the majority of Canadians, and can and do change at the whim of any government at any time, Whereas, one of the greatest challenges and stressors families face is in major life transitions (from daycare to school, from middle-school to high school, from high school to post-secondary education and from post-secondary to adulthood and ideally the world of work), much needed transition supports are missing or insufficient, Whereas, autism services are currently funded through ministries of children’s services rather than through provincial/territorial health insurance plans, further complicating access and leaving these services unprotected from political interventions with each new government mandate, Whereas, children and adults with an ASD diagnosis are a particularly vulnerable group, Whereas, the Senate of Canada published “Pay now or pay later: Autism families in crisis” in 2007 and recognized the need for a national autism strategy and little action has been taken to date, Whereas, educational institutions do not regularly, consistently and systematically allow healthcare professionals into the educational environment to appropriately support children with special needs and this siloed approach to care and childhood development is negatively impacting not only children with a diagnosis but also other children in fully inclusive classes, Whereas, the disability tax credit is a policy instrument used as a means to access more services than simple tax relief, the Canada Revenue Agency is in a conflict of interest to determine eligibility and also collect taxes simultaneously, Be it resolved, that we the undersigned demand the federal Government of Canada create a National Autism and Special Needs Strategy that is appropriately funded in partnership with provincial and territorial governments and consistent, needs-based services are delivered to children and adults with autism and special needs in a timely way nation-wide reflective of our Canadian commitment to human rights, protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These commitments should include but may not be limited to the following: 1.       Seeking multi-partisan support for the strategy. 2.       Enshrining evidence-based therapies for autism treatment such as applied behaviour analysis, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, and physiotherapy into the Canada Health Act. 3.       Modifying the disability tax credit to recognize autism as a lifelong condition and move eligibility assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency to Employment and Social Development Canada. 4.       Modifying the RDSP to recognize that families with a child with autism cannot afford to both invest in an RDSP and an RESP, and permit withdrawals from the RDSP without penalty for post-secondary education. 5.       Creating a national ombudsman and/or tribunal for autism and special needs that can investigate and when government actors fail to provide the needs committed to under this strategy, apply appropriate penalties. 6.       Creating bridge programs for daycare to school, middle-school to high-school, high-school to post-secondary education (or adulthood), post-secondary education to the world of work available to all people with autism. 7.       Creating or expanding a housing support program for vulnerable groups such as those with autism or special needs. 8.       Creating a caregiver allowance for high needs children to support families that may require one or both parents to leave work and stay home to care for their children. 9.       Regulating providers federally that may provide autism therapy services where not already regulated.

Mark Chapeskie
7,308 supporters
Bank of Canada: Add women from Canadian history to Canadian bank notes

On December 8, 2016, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, Minister of Status of Women Patty Hajdu, and I were pleased to announce that Viola Desmond will be featured on a new $10 bank note, expected in late 2018. This will mark the first time that a portrait of a Canadian woman will be featured on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note.   After announcing our intention to put an iconic Canadian woman on a bank note on International Women’s Day, thousands of Canadians sent in their suggestions. An independent Advisory Council made up of eminent Canadian academic, sport, cultural and thought leaders carefully reviewed and whittled down the nominations. As Minister of Finance, I had the very difficult task of choosing just one woman whose image will represent the countless individual actions, moments and contributions that changed our lives and our country for the better.   Viola Desmond was a successful Nova Scotia businesswoman who, in 1946, was jailed, convicted and fined for refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, NS. Her court case was the first known legal challenge against racial segregation brought forward by a Black woman in Canada. As she takes her place on our $10 bill, Viola will remind all of us, and future generations, that big change can start with small moments of dignity and bravery.    We were privileged to be joined by Viola’s sister Wanda Robson for this historic announcement. We owe a lot to Wanda. It’s because of her that we know Viola Desmond’s story. At 70 years of age, Wanda was at Cape Breton University where she eventually got her Bachelor of Arts degree. In a class in race relations the professor described Viola’s court case to overturn her conviction. That class inspired Wanda to begin telling Viola’s story far and wide. She wrote a book and gave interviews. She made sure we knew about her big sister.   The introduction of the Viola Desmond $10 note provides an opportune time to break from tradition and feature other prominent Canadians who have made their mark on the history of our country. To continue to celebrate more iconic Canadians, the next $5 note will also feature a new #bankNOTEable Canadian. We will continue to honour Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and our first francophone Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, as they take their places on high-denomination notes.

3 years ago
Incluez les figures féminines de notre histoire sur les billets de banque

Réponse du ministre Morneau à la pétition sur le site – Incluez les figures féminines de notre histoire sur les billets de banque Je vous remercie d’avoir signé cette pétition sur le site, qui exhorte la Banque du Canada à inclure une femme de l’histoire canadienne sur un billet de banque. L’avancement des droits des femmes et le progrès ont toujours été favorisés par des personnes comme vous – des personnes qui prennent le temps de changer les choses. Les femmes sont et ont toujours joué un rôle clé dans l’édification du Canada d’aujourd’hui. Pourtant, dans notre pays qui a près de 150 ans d’histoire, les femmes, à l’exception digne de mention de la Reine, ont été largement sous-représentées sur nos billets de banque. Comme vous, je n’ai jamais estimé que c’était juste, et c’est pourquoi, très peu de temps après être devenu ministre des Finances, j’ai commencé des discussions avec mes collègues et le gouverneur Poloz à la Banque du Canada. Au cours de la Journée internationale de la femme de 2016, le premier ministre Justin Trudeau et moi avons annoncé qu’une Canadienne emblématique sera représentée sur le premier billet de banque de sa prochaine série en 2018 – et que vous aurez à la choisir. D’ici le 15 avril 2016, vous pouvez visiter le site Web de la Banque du Canada ( afin de proposer votre candidate. Les critères de proposition sont les suivants : • la personne proposée est une Canadienne (de naissance ou naturalisée) qui, par son leardership, ses réalisations ou ses qualités remarquables, a œuvré pour les Canadiens dans un domaine particulier ou s’est illustrée au service du pays; • elle n’est pas un personnage fictif; • elle est décédée depuis au moins 25 ans (avant le 15 avril 1991). À la fin de la période de candidature, un comité consultatif indépendant, composé d’éminents représentants canadiens des milieux universitaire, culturel et intellectuel examinera les propositions. Avec l’aide d’experts en la matière et d’une autre consultation avec le public, le comité consultatif dressera une courte liste de candidates pour le gouvernement. J’invite tous les Canadiens et Canadiennes à s’exprimer pour qu’un jour, très bientôt, une nouvelle génération de femmes apporte avec elles des rappels constants que, non seulement elles sont l’avenir du Canada, mais aussi une partie reconnue de notre histoire. Je vous remercie, Merna et à vous tous, de la passion dont vous avez fait preuve pour vous joindre à cette cause. Ensemble, nous apporterons un vrai changement non seulement à notre argent, mais aussi à notre pays. Bill Morneau Ministre des Finances

4 years ago
Bank of Canada: Add women from Canadian history to Canadian bank notes

Minister Morneau Response to Petition – Bank of Canada: Add Women From Canadian History to Canadian Bank Notes Thank you for signing this petition, urging the Bank of Canada to add a woman from Canadian history to a bank note. The advancement of women’s rights and progress has always been propelled by people like you – people who take the time to make a difference. Women are, and have always been, instrumental in building Canada into what it is today. Yet in our country's nearly 150 year history, women, with the notable exception of the Queen, have been largely unrepresented on our bank notes. Like you, I’ve never felt that was right, and it’s why very soon after becoming Finance Minister I began discussing the idea with my colleagues and with Governor Poloz at the Bank of Canada. On International Women’s Day 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and I announced that an iconic Canadian woman will be featured on the first bank note of its next series in 2018 – and you get to pick her. From now until 15 April 2016, you can visit the Bank of Canada’s website ( to submit your nomination. Nomination criteria are as follows: • The nominee can be any Canadian woman (by birth or naturalization) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement or distinction in any field, benefiting the people of Canada, or in the service of Canada. • The nominee must not be a fictional character. • The nominee must have been deceased for at least 25 years (before 15 April 1991). At the end of the nomination period, an independent Advisory Council composed of eminent Canadian academic, cultural and thought leaders will then review the submissions. With the help of subject matter experts and additional consultation with the public, the Advisory Council will develop a short list of qualifying candidates for submission to the Government. I invite all Canadians to have their say so that one day, very soon, a new generation of women will carry with them constant reminders that they are not only Canada's future, but a celebrated part of our history. Thank you to Merna and to all of you for the passion you bring to this cause. Together, we’ll bring real change not just to our money, but to our country. Bill Morneau Minister of Finance

4 years ago