The Back of our Money

by NathalieG on February 17, 2013 - 10:47pm

According to an article in the Montreal Gazette on February 10th, 2013, there were many designs for the back of the 5, 10, 20, 50, and $100 bills.  In fact, many designs had been considered for the back of the plastic bills, but have been rejected.  Some of the designs included ice wine, aboriginal art, and a portrait of Terry Fox.

Many designs were deemed inappropriate for the bills for various reasons.  For example, the picture of hockey players was not retained because it supposedly "glor[ifies] a violent sport".  An image of kids of different ethnicities was very well-rated by focus groups, but not retained.  Same goes for an image of a gay couple.  An image that was originally presented was of an Asian-looking women in the field of medical research.  After questions were raised about her ethnicity, the Bank of Canada changed the women, so she has a Caucasian look, a more "neutral ethnicity" according to the bank of Canada.

The population of Canada is multicultural.  There are people of different ethnicities and they are accepted by the community, so by giving the character a Caucasian look, isn't the Bank of Canada favoring one nationality, therefore the character would not be neutral?  The focus groups responded very well to images of people of different cultures together, yet none were used for the back of any of our bills.  Maybe the Bank of Canada should give a voice to the population of Canada instead of deciding themselves.  I think it is important that everyone can feel represented on our bills.