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The Hon. Pierrette  Ringuette, B.A., M.B.A. On December 12, 2002, Senator Ringuette was appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien to represent the Senatorial Division of New Brunswick.

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removing the one-cent coin



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Posted by Arturo Sangalli (Sherbrooke) on 16 December 2010

Why not simply stop manufacturing the one-cent coin?

Those coins in circulation will remain so, but no new coins will be added.

No rounding-off will need to be suggested or imposed. Let amounts to be paid, such as the price of a purchase plus taxes, remain as they are, i.e. with units of cents. For cash-less payments (cheques, credit cards, etc.) nothing will change. For cash payments, let the parties involved (usually merchant and customer) sort it out on a case-by-case basis.

Few, if any, merchants will argue with a customer if the latter cannot pay exactly $17.32--the merchant will happily accept $17.30. And few customers will insist in receiving one penny back on their $19.99 purchase.

Arturo Sangalli


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