Bank of Canada Apologizes for $100 Bill Controversy After Racism Accusations

Calgary Herald, August 20, 2012

In an unusual move, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney apologized on Monday for bank note changes that prompted critics to accuse the central bank of racism.

The initial design for the new C$100 note featured a picture of an Asian woman but this was scrapped after focus groups expressed concern Asians should not be the only ethnic group represented.

When the bill was released into circulation last year, the Asian woman had been removed and replaced by a woman who looked to be Caucasian, prompting complaints from Chinese groups and media commentators.

In the bank’s first formal apology in nearly a decade, Carney said the Bank had never intended bank notes to feature people who represented only one ethnic group.

“I apologize to those who were offended. The Bank’s handling of this issue did not meet the standards Canadians justifiably expect of us,” he said in a statement.


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  •  More like Marchin Loo… I mean Martin Luther King. I’m frankly surprised he isn’t on a piece of currency yet.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    “The Chinese Canadian National Council has called on the Bank of Canada to change its money-design policies and allow minorities to appear on banknotes.”

    Chinese Canadian Council? Sounds like the NAACP or other such nonsense.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Jay11 you are so correct!! Dem Founding Fathers be rayciss slave owners!

  • There will be a Congressional Black Caucus activity to put Obama on either a stamp or currency within one year of his exiting office.

    • Bruno

      They better get busy I think he will get his Eviction Notice in November?

    • brew730

       OMG…I never thought of that but you are probably right.  Yuck.

  • guest

    So much for the Canadians’ love and value for multiculturalism.

    • Cecilhenry

       WE Canadians don’t love multiculturalism.  WE despise and reject it as genocidal.

      However, the Canadian government and its  envious hangers-on like it because it rejects what they  don’t like–namely white anglo European civilization that formed the country

      • As Mr. Taylor said, ‘you’re not being replaced, you’re being enriched’.

      • Anonymous

        Governments in every white country are flooding white nations with nonwhites and forcing whites to adopt their culture.  White people never were asked about this because they knew we’d say no.

  •  Morris Dees should be on the $3.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Morris Sleaze IS on the $3 bill of the Cayman Islands.

      They appreciate what good customers the $PLC have been.

    • Anonymous

      I think a picture of his face should be stamped onto toilet paper instead.

  • Let me get this right it’s Bank of Canada right?  and Asians are upset they are not on the note?  How many white people are the yuan?


    • adam song

      on 2-yuan bill, there is a white girl.

  • potato78

    People mind and behavior are fundamentally set up like tribes.   What is the big deal if it is a “Asian Woman” on a $100 bank note?  If not pleased, just print another $200 bank note with a “Caucasian” Woman on it.  People really like to play “race” card so much and too obvious with a bird brain.  It is not really fun at all.  Shame on you all people. 

  • IstvanIN

     She is on the front.  That is why they need a “person of color”, to balance out the visage of an old white woman. 

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

     I have noticed that if a white man is not on American money, it isn’t successful. The Indian head nickle, Susan B Anthony, Sasquatch, etc.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, for sure, like it’s not like white men made any great contributions to American society or anything like that.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

     As far as I am concerned, words like racist, anti-semite, and Nazi are racially derogatory words.

    • Anonymous

      Yep, since they are used primarily at white people.

  • Anonymous

    Yet John Engleman is going to say how these people are on our side?  What are they doing in a predominately white country in the first place and then whining about how they feel excluded?  If whites moved to China, do you think they’d care about our feelings?

  • brew730

    Let’s just go with stick figures on the currency.  That way, no one will be offended.  Oh wait, the anorexic will be offended.  Scratch that…

  • Ghost Wolf

    That’s why we should have stuck with our native animals and national scenery on our bills.

    Next, these groups are going to be aiming at the Queen and former Prime Ministers being on the fronts of them.