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 338 residents for Maclean’s. Other articles The feisty first week of the 42nd Parliament Do the Liberals have a mandate for electoral reform? All articles Advertisement Post navigation Previous ‘We don’t need one more ride on the merry-go-round': Time for fresh ideas Next Read the best we have to offer with the new Maclean’s app.