Just Another Startling Difference

This is the back of the new Canadian 20 dollar bill.


Personally, the “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency gives me the willies. In contrast, in Canada, our currency often promotes the arts. You can’t read it on this image of the $20 bill, but the very fine print is a quote from the French-Canadian author, Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983): “Could we know each other in the slightest without the arts?”

Take your pick: That, or “In God We Trust.” It’s an easy decision for me and the difference speaks volumes.

And oh, that $20 is finally worth something these days! Our loonie broke the 85 cents US mark last week, although now it’s fallen back to about 81-82 cents. Still, it sure makes purchases from the States a lot more affordable, considering how it dove as low as 62 cents about 18 months ago.