Sir John A. MacDonald is getting a last hurrah on the $10-bill, in a special bank note being issued to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
But he’s not alone. Canada’s first PM is being joined by Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Agnes Macphail and James Gladstone or Akay-na-muka – his Blackfoot name, four parliamentarians who played key roles in the nation’s foundation.
It’s the first time four individuals will be portrayed on the front of a Canadian bill.
It’s also the first time a Canadian woman or Indigenous Canadian are portrayed on the face of a Canadian bank note.
The reverse side of the bill depicts a series of natural scenes across the country from west to east, beginning with a familiar sight to many in Metro Vancouver: the iconic Lions of the North Shore Mountains and Capilano Lake.
Also depicted are the prairies, Canadian Shield, and Cape Bonavista in Newfoundland and Labrador – all topped by the northern lights.
The bills will roll out on June first.
The move pre-empts the planned 2018 roll out of a new series of $10 bills depicting Nova Scotia civil rights activist Viola Desmond, who would have been the first Canadian depicted as a bank note portrait subject.
Desmond was arrested and jailed in 1946 for refusing to leave the whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre.
She was posthumously pardoned in 2010.
Desmond will now be the first Canadian woman on the face of a Canadian bank note in regular circulation when the bills roll out next year.