Early in my Gnomedex talk, I made a little joke about currencies:
This [telegram]was sent in 1954, and at the time it cost about $2.50 Canadian. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about $2.57 in US dollars. Yes, our currency was stronger until about 1960. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve looked at exchange rates lately, but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re coming for you.
Yesterday, the Canadian and American dollars achieved parity for the first time in 31 years.
That’s kind of shocking, isn’t it? I remember a time in the eighties when the Canadian dollar was worth about US $0.70. What a difference a war makes, eh? Yes, I know that’s not the only reason, but I liked the sound of it.
I’m trying to rack my brain for stuff we should order from the US that one can’t get in Canada. I’ve got nothing. But, then, I currently have a paucity of possessions.
Here’s a blog post from the National Post that summarizes and links to sundry American responses to our monetary equality.