Canada Replaces First Canadian PM On Ten Dollar Bill

Canada Replaces First Canadian PM On Ten Dollar Bill”

Well, Canada has just flipped the script and featured a $10 Canadian dollar emblazoned with the image of Viola Desmond, a civil rights pioneer in Nova Scotia.

The purple polymer bill is the first vertically oriented bank note issued in Canada.

She is also the first non-royal woman on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note.

Desmond made her mark in history on November 8, 1946 when she took on segregation in the province of Nova Scotia.

"She was subsequently jailed, convicted and fined", according to the Bank of Canada. "It really shows the progression of society, and that's one of the reasons why it seems to have gained this groundswell of interest over the last couple years", he said.

HRM also named a harbour ferry in honour of Desmond, unveiling back in June 2016. "Her court case was the first known legal challenge against racial segregation brought forth by a Black woman in Canada". "And well, I was speechless -my family would have liked that but for once in my life I was speechless", she said. Desmond, a beautician and entrepreneur from north end Halifax who sold her own line of cosmetics, was headed to Sydney, N.S., when her auto broke down. That was the day when she entered a theater in the town of Glasgow and made a decision to sit in the "White' Only" section instead of the balcony where "colored people" were relegated. Desmond, suffering from myopia and not seen anything from the back row, sat on one of the seats for whites and refused to leave. "There was no movement behind her, she was ahead of the times".

In 2010, more than six decades after she was arrested, Nova Scotia apologised to Desmond and pardoned her - a posthumous pardon signed into law by Mayann Francis, the province's first African Nova Scotian lieutenant-governor.

"I say thank you, thank you, thank you", Robson continued.

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