Dick Hanscom forwarded this article about the Bank of Canada's continuing
public relations problems over women's images on banknotes. -Editor
The Bank of Canada is in hot water again over bank note
design, just days after it revamped its policies to avoid more embarrassing controversies about the
Former governor Mark Carney apologized to Canadians in August 2012 when it was revealed the bank
had erased the Asian features of a female scientist featured on prototypes of the new $100 plastic
banknote, after focus groups raised questions about her ethnicity.
A penitent Carney ordered a review of the design process for all future banknotes and Stephen
Poloz, his successor, last week announced a new process as well as an online public consultation,
ending Nov. 10.
But the announcement has only stirred up more trouble for the bank, as a group pressing to have
images of famous women included in the next set of banknotes learned that their petitions and
letters have apparently fallen on deaf ears.
The Bank of Canada's newly released design principles say nothing about putting women on the
currency, vaguely referring only to "diversity."
"It's disappointing, it's insulting, it's discriminatory and it's
offensive," said Merna Forster, a historian and author in Victoria who has been leading the
"How many more surveys and public consultations will it take to convince the Bank of Canada
to commit to including women on bank notes," she said in an interview. "This is not
The current series of polymer banknotes feature no famous Canadian women, though the Queen's
image is on all denominations. The previous series included images of the Famous Five, who fought
for women's rights in Canada, and Therese Casgrain, a Quebec feminist. But they were all
replaced on the new $50 note by an image of an icebreaker
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