‘Three topless women and the Twin Towers’: Canadians baffled by picture of WWI memorial on their new $20 dollar bill

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  • Banknote shows the Vimy Memorial – a statue in France representing the bravery and sacrifice of Canadian soldiers in the First World War
  • Concern from focus groups during 5-year consultation over design
Canadians have been left confused over the country’s new $20-dollar bill which some have said appeared to feature three naked woman and the World Trade Center towers.

The government was rolling out the new banknote as part of an upgrade of the monetary system. It actually features the Vimy Memorial in northern France, the largest monument overseas for Canadian soldiers lost the First World War.

However many Canadians believed the bill showed the Twin Towers and three topless women along with the head of state, Queen Elizabeth II.

O Canada! The new $20 banknote was said to be ‘too pornographic’ by some focus groups because it featured the naked figures representing Justice, Peace and Hope on the WWI memorial in France (right)

Money matters: Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney (left) and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty display the new Canadian $20 dollar bills made of polymerMoney matters: Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney (left) and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty display the new Canadian $20 dollar bills made of polymer

The Vimy Memorial, a nationalist symbol of bravery and sacrifice, was seen on the $20 when it was unveiled by the Bank of Canada in Ottawa last week. 

Focus groups, typically made up of a wide-range of citizens from different generations, had examined the note before it was made public.

 

According to Upi.com, one focus group member said: ‘It’s too pornographic. What is the woman on the top holding?’

Several reports made public after the five-year consultation period noted this concern along with others under the headline ‘potential controversies’.

Shocked: An excerpt from a focus group report during the five-year consultation period for Canada's new $20 which called the design 'too pornographic'Shocked: An excerpt from a focus group report during the five-year consultation period for Canada’s new $20 which called the design ‘too pornographic’

Some participants in the focus groups were unaware of the wartime memorial honoring thousands of Canadian servicemen, in particular forgotten soldiers with unmarked graves.

Symbol: The figures on the statue represent justice and peace - the latter with the torch upraisedSymbol: The figures on the statue represent justice and peace – the latter with the torch upraised

 

Several said the drawing reminded them of the Twin Towers, destroyed in the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

‘I wonder if the monument here could conjure up memories of 9/11 or the Twin Towers,’ one person in Toronto said.

In fact, the two columns of the Vimy Memorial symbolise the unity of France and Canada – represented by a maple leaf and fleur-de-lis.

The group of women at the top of the statue are known as the Chorus. The most senior figures represent Justice and Peace – the latter with a torch upraised.

The figures of Hope, Charity, Honour and Faith are located below Justice and Peace. Truth and Knowledge are positioned on the Western side.

The new $20 bill is due to come into circulation in November and has a high-tech polymer design. The note is currently the most counterfeited in circulation, accounting for more than half the bills in exchange.

The new method of manufacturing the $20 should make the note more difficult to reproduce, authorities said and last twice as long as paper notes.

Nationalist symbol: The Vimy Memorial in northern France pays tribute to Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in the First World WarNationalist symbol: The Vimy Memorial in northern France pays tribute to Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War

Money talks: The 2004 version of a Canadian $20 bill with its image of Queen Elizabeth IIMoney talks: The 2004 version of a Canadian $20 bill with its image of Queen Elizabeth II

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  2. Ben says:

    Grow up people its a tribute to our fallen soldiers, have a little more class. As for the naked women, its part of the monument so calm down and deal with it.

  3. Nina says:

    Looks pagen to me and perverted!

  4. mysaskcan says:

    People are worried about micro-meter sized naked beautiful women when they have a ghastly old woman covering most of the left side of the bill? Let’s get our priorities straight! As for the towers, people will see WTC anywhere their damaged psyche leads them to see it. My problem lies with the fact that the bill is just plain ugly.

  5. Valerie says:

    Oh come on!! Enough is enough! The image on this bill is of the monument standing on Vimy Ridge in France. 4 troops from Canada went over there and did what NO OTHER squadrons could do! They took back the Ridge from the Germans. A woman bearing her breasts has many meanings throughout different cultures, so look them up… there is no hidden meaning on this bill – it’s a great way to honor the men and women who fought so hard over there.

  6. Lucifer is getting more bold by the day he spiriting again in our lords face and his minions think its great smiling to hell

    • Not offended says:

      Really dude? that’s what you get from this story? While I am a Christian, I am not offended by these notes, it is a historical and profound memorial. And why bring “Lucifer” into this? being so quick to throw that name around in such a slanderous way makes me wonder if you are working for him?

    • Nina says:

      I AGREE!!!

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