Canadian money has been in the news a lot lately… its value bounces up and down like a porn star, we eliminated the penny entirely, and now we are issuing new bills made with plastic and very small crumbs from Tim Horton’s maple-flavoured donuts (okay, last part not true, but they are plastic).
As our “paper” money has all been relaunched over the past six months (some are still to come), there were redesigns of all of them as part of this process. And so far the images we have seen have been pretty much what you would expect: dead white guys, trains, ships, statues.
Our new paper money looks a lot like our old paper money, except for the plastic see-through thing, but according to news reports this weekend that almost wasn’t the case.
This weekend’s news reports say a market research firm hired by the government to redesign the money suggested images of a Chinese dragon parade, the swearing in of a new citizen, Toronto’s annual Caribbean festival, children of different ethnic backgrounds playing hockey or building a snowman, a person in a wheelchair playing basketball, illustrations of a gay marriage, an RCMP officer wearing a turban, and “hockey with a twist … with a black player.”
But alas trains.
The reasons for the choice are not clear in the heavily censored documents, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, but I am guessing it was our no-balls government trying to not make waves or do anything unexpected or somewhat risky.
So our money could have been revolutionary. But it’s not, we played it safe… because we’re Canadian.