History In Halifax As A New $10 Bill Featuring Viola Desmond Is Revealed

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018 18:18 PM

History made in Halifax as a new Canadian $10 bill bearing the likeness of civil rights activist Viola Desmond was unveiled.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau attended the event.

"I know it's a big day for Halifax and an important day for Canada and it's particularly important to have this on International Women's Day" Morneau says.

Wanda Robson, Viola's younger sister,  got a laugh when she refused to return the new $10 bill given to her by Morneau.     He told her she can keep it but she just can't spend until later this year when the bills officially move into circulation.

It's been two years since the Trudeau government announced that a Canadian woman and her story would be featured on our currency for the first time.