The Progressive Conservative Party is inviting all Manitobans – regardless of political stripe – to cast a vote for Nellie McClung before April 15th, to be featured on a new bank note in 2018.
Nellie McClung led the fight to give Manitoba women the right to vote in Manitoba and Canada. As a result of her efforts along with the others of the ‘Famous Five,’ Manitoba was the first province in Canada to grant some women the right to vote in 1916. Two years later, the federal franchise was granted.
“Honouring Nellie McClung in this way is an important symbolic reminder to women in Manitoba and Canada of just how far we have come in ensuring equal rights and opportunities,” said Heather Stefanson, Deputy Leader of the PC Party and candidate for Tuxedo.
PC Party leader Brian Pallister wrote the Governor of the Bank of Canada on January 28, 2016 recommending Nellie McClung for just such an honour.
The Bank of Canada announced on March 8, 2016 its decision to feature an iconic woman on a new bank note in 2018. Mr. Stephen Poloz replied to Mr. Pallister encouraging him and his colleagues to participate in this process and submit a nomination before the closing date of April 15th, 2016.
Today, the PC Team is continuing to take up this challenge and inviting Manitobans to visit the Bank of Canada website at: www.bankofcanada.ca/banknoteable and make their choice for Nellie known.
“The right to vote is precious,” said PC Leader Brian Pallister. “Nellie McClung’s pioneering example deserves national recognition in this fitting way.”