Government of Canada Celebrates Bank Note Marking 150 Years of Confederation and Holds Infrastructure Roundtable

May 23, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada knows that our economy and country are stronger because of our diversity and because of the contributions from fearless, inspiring Canadians.

Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Ginette Petitpas Taylor met with students at Leaside High School to celebrate the new Canada 150 commemorative $10 bank note, which will feature inspiring Canadians Agnes Macphail and James Gladstone or Akay-na-muka, alongside Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first Prime Minister, and Sir George-Étienne Cartier, a Father of Confederation. Parliamentary Secretary Petitpas Taylor was joined by the Chief Operating Officer of the Bank of Canada, Filipe Dinis, and Member of Parliament Rob Oliphant.

Upon circulation next week, the commemorative note will mark the first time that a Canadian woman and an Indigenous Canadian are depicted as portrait subjects on a Bank of Canada bank note.

Starting on June 1, the Bank of Canada will issue 40 million of these commemorative bank notes and distribute them through financial institutions to be broadly available across Canada by July 1.

Earlier today, Parliamentary Secretary Petitpas Taylor held a roundtable discussion at the Northern Dancer Pavilion of the Canadian Film Centre on Budget 2017, the Government's ambitious plan to support middle class Canadians at every stage of their lives, transform our neighbourhoods and communities, and give every Canadian a real and fair chance at success.

Quotes

"As we celebrate Canada 150, we are reminded of what makes us who we are—we are strong because of our diversity and not in spite of it. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank Governor Poloz and the Bank of Canada for their contribution to this truly national celebration. I was also pleased to discuss the Government's plans to make our cities more dynamic and competitive, and to drive economic growth. Meeting with Canadians during roundtables reaffirms my belief that our plan to strengthen the middle class is having a positive impact and will drive Canada's economy forward."

- Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

"The Bank of Canada is proud to have produced this special note commemorating Canada's 150th anniversary. We have only ever produced three other such bank notes in our 82-year history. This bank note is unique and reminds us of how much we have to celebrate as Canadians as we look forward to charting our shared future."

- Filipe Dinis, Chief Operating Officer, Bank of Canada

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