Show Me the Canadian Money

15 Jul 2009 /
Canadian 5-dollar bill

I handed the girl at the McDonalds drive-thru a Canadian 5-dollar bill and asked her, “Who is that guy?”

“I don’t know,” she said. “I only came here three years ago and I’m not really into money.”

When we got back to the hotel, I asked the guy at the front desk the same question. He had no idea.

I was dumbfounded to discover that Canadians don’t know the people on their money!

By googling “canadian 5-dollar bill,” I learned that the gentleman is Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh Prime Minister of Canada.

The prime minister is like the president in the United States, isn’t he? Wouldn’t this be like an American not recognizing Abraham Lincoln?


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