Reject Trudeau's Politicized 2019 Loonie
On April 23rd, 2019, at the direction of the government of Mr. Justin Trudeau, the Royal Canadian Mint released a new design for our 2019 one dollar coin.
While it has been officially dubbed the "Equality Dollar", many are calling it the "Gay Loonie".
This coin was specifically issued to commemorate the decriminalization of formerly illegal homosexual sex acts back in 1969.
Mr. Trudeau's father, Pierre Trudeau, was the one whose liberal government decriminalized private homosexual acts, famously saying, "there's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation."
The word "equality" is emblazoned on the new dollar coin, along with the date "1969". However, the government of Pierre Trudeau did not, in fact, advocate the equality of homosexual practices in 1969. It merely decided to no longer police our bedrooms.
The new dollar coin also bears an image of what appears to be two men with their lips locked in a romantic kiss, with a rainbow surrounding them. According to the Mint, "The image of two intertwined faces reflects gender fluidity and the spectrum of genders and is left open to interpretation: they may belong to two individuals or they may represent different aspects of one's identity."
In all the history of Canada, there has never been a government-issued coin or bank note that bears the theme of sex or sexuality. To do so is highly offensive and inappropriate. It pushes an agenda upon every single Canadian, which many find objectionable.
With 3 million of these coins scheduled for release, we believe they represent a not-so-subtle attempt to win votes among LGBT people and their political allies during the upcoming federal election in October. This is the blatant politicization of our national currency for personal and party gain.
This is absolutely deplorable and completely un-Canadian.
Regardless of our differing views on LGBT issues, whether we are "left, right, or centre", religious or non-religious, Canadians do not believe our money should be used to take sides or pit one group against another. Our national currency and national symbols should serve as a unifying force. This coin does just the opposite. It divides us.
Our previous petition, which was launched prior to the release of the new dollar coin, proves just how divisive this coin is - with well over 60,000 people having signed to indicate their disagreement.
Now that the new dollar coin has been officially issued, we are inviting Canadians to sign this new petition to express their commitment to reject this loonie.
Every time this petition is signed, an e-mail is sent directly to Mr. Trudeau, so he knows exactly what Canadians think.
Our campaign against the new loonie has met with considerable opposition. CitizenGO has received hate mail and threats. We have even been banned by Facebook. To find out more about the opposition we face, or to order our "NOT ON MY $" sticker, please read our blog: http://blog.citizengo.org/canada/2019/05/03/banned-and-attacked-for-questioning-a-gay-loonie/
You can read the Royal Canadian Mint's press release concerning the "Gay Loonie" here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-royal-canadian-mint-marks-50-years-of-progress-in-the-journey-to-equal-rights-for-lgbtq2-canadians-with-1-equality-circulation-coin-300835089.html
Our first petition has received both national and international press coverage: