Storified by CTVNews.ca· Mon, Jul 28 2014 23:03:40
Therese Casgrain led the fight for Quebec women to vote
prior to the First World War. She was the first woman to lead a political party
in Canada and was appointed to the Senate in 1970. Until a few years ago
Casgrain had two distinct honours for her achievements: the Therese Casgrain
Volunteer Award, which was started by Pierre Trudeau's government in 1982, and
her image on the $50 bill.
But now, both of those are gone. In 2010, the Harper government
quietly announced it was replacing the award with one called the Prime
Minister's Volunteer Award, and after 2012 the $50 bill showed an icebreaker.
When The Canadian Press wrote about Casgrain this past
Sunday, people took to social media to show their outrage. Thousands of people
have tweeted about the government's decision in the past two days. Here is some
of what they are writing:
The NDP also released a statement on Twitter disagreeing
with the government's actions.
Merna Forster in Victoria began an online petition asking
"The Bank of Canada to feature significant Canadian women on our bank
notes" after the only "the only women from Canadian history ever to
make it onto our bank notes were replaced by an icebreaker."
The petition has almost 29,000 supporters.
Therese Casgrain, president of the League for Women's Rights in Quebec from 1929 to 1942 is pictured during an election run in this 1967 file photo. (The Canadian Press)
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