It was Pat Martin’s idea Aaron Wherry March 30, 2012 Follow @aaronwherry Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email 29 The signature promise of Jim Flaherty’s latest budget was proposed four years ago by the NDP’s Pat Martin. “There is no business case for continuing to produce the penny. Making cents in fact makes no sense at all,” Martin said. Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Filed under: Budget Budget 2012 Jim Flaherty Pat Martin Penny Advertisement About this author Aaron Wherry Macleans.ca administrator Aaron Wherry covers the House of Commons and its 308 residents for Maclean’s. Other articles The tactile politics of Justin Trudeau Maclean's explains: The Liberal plan for Syrian refugees + 3 more posts this week Advertisement Post navigation Previous Maclean’s 2015 Newsmaker of the Year: Justin Trudeau Next Read the best we have to offer with the new Maclean’s app.