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Online push to see Terry Fox on $5 bill

Bank of Canada to launch public consultation later this month

An online push is underway to see the image of Port Coquitlam, B.C. hero Terry Fox on Canada’s new $5 bill.

Yesterday (Thursday), Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said his organization will soon be calling for suggestions to replace Sir Wilfrid Laurier — the nation’s first francophone prime minister — on the bank note with the face of another historical figure.

The central bank regularly updates its bill and coin series. In 2018, Nova Scotia civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond was added to the $10 bill following an open call for nominations of trailblazing Canadian women.

After Poloz’s announcement in Vancouver Jan. 9, social media polls revealed Fox and the late frontman for The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, trended the highest.

Dave Teixeria, the longtime organizer of the Terry Fox Hometown Run in Port Coquitlam, wrote on Twitter that having Fox on the new $5 bill “would be a great way to honour the 40th anniversary of his Marathon of Hope” this year.

Added Fox’s brother Fred: “It would be an amazing recognition of Terry’s effort, accomplishment and sacrifice in the spring and summer of 1980 in wanting to make a difference in the lives of Canadians.”

And Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West told The Tri-City News today (Friday) he likes the idea of having Fox’s image on Canadian currency as “Terry Fox embodies what it means to be Canadian and has inspired millions of people, not only in our country, but across the world.”

As for how it will impact Port Coquitlam — should Fox be selected — “It would be very significant for our community. We are the hometown of Terry Fox and proud to be. I’ll be writing a letter to the Bank of Canada supporting the campaign to honour Terry in this way.”

The public consultation will launch later this month, said Rebecca Spence of the Bank of Canada. “At that time, we will invite people to submit the name of any iconic Canadian they feel deserves to be featured on the next $5 bank note,” she wrote in an email. “We are hopeful that a great many Canadians will actively participate and talk about the many remarkable Canadians worth celebrating.”

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