CitizenGO erects five billboards in Ottawa and Toronto to denounce Trudeau’s ‘gay loonie’

CitizenGO erects five billboards in Ottawa and Toronto to denounce Trudeau’s ‘gay loonie’



-Up until this edition of the one dollar coin, commemorative loonies did not carry any controversial themes, but only celebrated the Olympic games or relevant events in Canada's history.

WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO. MAY 31ST 2019.-The international platform CitizenGO will launch on Monday, June 3rd, and run for the entire month, five billboards in Toronto and Ottawa in protest of the new one dollar coin (the ‘loonie’), which bears an image celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexual sex acts in Canada.

The billboard sends a clear message to the Prime Minister: "Mr. Trudeau: No, thank you", with the classic loonie's image that Canadians have been using for over 30 years.

The first commemorative loonie was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 1992. This, and others after it, were used to remember the Summer and Winter Olympic Games (2004; 2006; 2008; 2012; 2015 and 2016). Other loonies were used to remember other events in Canadian History that had no controversy about them.

After it was announced that the Royal Canadian Mint approved this design, CitizenGO promoted an online petition to gather signatures in March, which has gained the support of more than 62,000 Canadian constituents.

The success of this campaign led to a protest April 12th at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa, where protestors vowed to say "No thank you” and “Four quarters, please", when they receive the new coin as change.

The Campaigns Director and speaker for CitizenGO in Canada, David Cooke, has commented: "This is highly offensive to many Canadians. This is nothing less than an attack and an affront on the faith of thousands of citizens”


Press materials:

Album of the protest at the Royal Canadian Mint.


David Cooke