As we celebrate the 113th birthday of celebrated humanitarian Lotta Hitschmanova today, Dr. Lotta’s fans will be pleased to know that her name still finds itself on the short list of 8 notable Canadians to appear on our new $5 banknote.
The pace of government can often seem incredibly slow, and yes, it has been over 2 years since the short list was created, after more than 600 nominees had been submitted by Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
I suspect it may be challenging for Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to choose a single individual to appear on the banknote, and I have thus proposed a creative solution to the problem:
To select Terry Fox, Lotta Hitschmanova and Isapo-muxika (Crowfoot) to appear together on our next $5 banknote.
All three are iconic figures coming from different periods in Canadian history. Each carries a different aspect of the Canadian story (indigenous, refugee, settler); while grouped together, their collective life’s work offers the hope of a caring and reconciliatory spirit for generations to come.
Happy birthday Lotta!
Let’s hope! Thanks, David, for all your work on this file.
May our government move forward by adopting your
brilliant creative solution.
Thanks Elizabeth, here’s hoping!
I’m biased in Dr. Lotta’s favour. But oh, what a choice of inspiring people.
Well said, Joy!