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Finally , someone deserving on a money bill . I never thought I’d see this in my lifetime . A black woman on the 10 dollar bill . No matter what your political persuasion , you have to hand it to Justin Trudeau for getting it right . If nothing else , it shows we’re progressing as a country when it comes to recognizing achievement and perhaps even prioritizing things better . I feel like I’m living in Iceland or Sweden , especially on a cold and wet Friday afternoon .
This is more than a new face on a bill . It is a window for all of us to stand up and be counted . But that can only happen if the progress doesn’t stagnate . If it continues , for lack of a better word , to progress . This is an emblematic move at best if not followed by substantial change . The Prime Minister needs to improve things for people that Ms. Desmond represents . He has tackled the environmental problems he inherited and has stood up for women’s and gay rights . He has taken smaller steps than expected , but at least he has taken steps in the right direction .
Gord is probably the most respected white man among Canada’s indigenous population . He is devoting the rest of his short life to giving them a voice . This endeavour is the singlemost biggest step to reversing the genocide put in place by Gord and Justin’s ancestors . It’s a step . But Trudeau needs to keep on it .
It’s all a question of human rights . Whether it be indigenous , black , poor , or anyother group , what the new 10 dollar bill will represent is a recognition of the much – ignored fight for human rights . While marching in a gay pride parade may be the sexy thing to do , taking selfies with the poor is not quite the same . Every citizen needs the tools to empower themselves and gain freedom . The draconian ways of the Harper government still reign when it comes to the poor and underprivileged . There is no reform in health care , employment insurance , education , etc…. The trick is to not only demonstrate that you know about them . You must act for vital change .
Mr . Trudeau , youneed to act on the populism that got youelected . You need to move our country ahead . There will be no other chance . When I see the bill with Viola’s picture on it , I want to think of what is , not what might be . Now that the symbolism and selfies are done , let’s move on to concrete action .