Is there anyone anywhere who disagrees with getting rid of the penny? It is really hard to find any opposition to the idea. And yet, the Canadian mint keeps stamping them out (as in minting rather than eliminating). From the Star-Phoenix (h/t KarenL):
Polls suggest that only about 35 per cent of Canadians want to keep the penny. You’d find a similar percentage wanting to keep rotarydial telephones and eight-track tape players. If we listened to them, we’d still be using shinplasters as currency.
I really wonder what the gubmnt is afraid of, why they are reluctant to do this. Are they concerned that the opposition would use it as an election issue, as in,
We have all these problems in Canada [followed by list] and what does the party in power focus on? The triviality of whether to keep the penny! Elect us and we will deal with the real issues of the day.
Or something like that. Of course, I'd love it. This issue is clearly one that should be dealt with sooner rather than later, and the gubmnt should make its case.