Canadian MP, Ed Holder, is hosting a poll on his website, asking people whether Canada should eliminate the penny [h/t JB]. As of this writing (Saturday evening) 57% say "yes". Quite frankly I'm surprised and disappointed that the number isn't as high as 80% or higher. Here in Regina, nearly every merchant rounds down for cash purchases to avoid having to use pennies.
As many of you know, I have advocated the elimination of the one-cent coin in Canada for more than two decades. Both Australia and New Zealand have eliminated their one-cent and two-cent coins (and five-cent coins in New Zealand), leading to great savings in metal, distribution costs, and customer waiting times. Canadians will benefit greatly from following their lead.