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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Agnes Macphail Day in Flesherton

Flesherton | by Matt Villeneuve  

Muesum honours Agnes Macphail, Grey County wants her on a bank note.

Ottawa has announced the portrait of an iconic Canadian woman will appear on a new series of bank notes, and Grey County is keen to see a past MP honoured.

The upper-tier is requesting the federal government recognize Agnes Macphail, Canada's first female Member of Parliament, on the upcoming bank notes.

Macphail was born in Dundalk, now apart of Southgate Township, on March 24th, 1890 -- and was elected as an MP for the riding of Grey Southeast in 1921.

Jane Gibson is the Chair of the Friends of the South Grey Museum -- and she tells Bayshore Broadcasting News "Macphail was a remarkable woman."

When asked if Macphail belongs on a Bank of Canada bill, Gibson said "she definitely meets the criteria."

She says Macphail was an advocate for the disadvantaged and people who required federal support, such as the poor farmers in Grey County in the 1930s.

According to Gibson, Macphail was the only female member of a Canadian delegation to the League of Nations (the predecessor to the United Nations).

She also developed and endorsed prison reform legislation.

Gibson says the South Grey Museum in Flesherton is hosting an Agnes Macphail Day event on Sunday from 2 PM until 4 PM.

The County of Grey is encouraging residents to join the conversation on social media and help encourage others to support Agnes Macphail.

Follow @GreyCounty on Twitter and Facebook and use the hashtags #BankNOTEable and #BecauseOfAgnes to support the campaign.

Macphail served as an MP from 1921 until 1940 and then was elected as a Member of Provincial Parliament in the Toronto area in 1943.

She died on February 13th, 1954.

The Bank of Canada will accept #BankNOTEable nominations until April 15th, then an independent advisory Council will review the submissions.

A "long-list" of between 10 and 12 names will be presented in a formal public survey and reduce to between 3 and 5 names.

The Bank of Canada and Minister of Finance will make a final decision.

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