Even when it doesn’t matter.
Recently an Ottawa botany professor has suggested that the Bank of Canada erred by using a Norwegian species of maple tree as the basis for the leaf on the new $20 bill. The Norwegian maple is an invasive species in eastern Canada. It also appears it was the inspiration for the maple leaf on the $20 bill.
None of which matters, except that the Bank of Canada promptly trotted out a spokesman to issue the following denial:
“We created an image for the bank note that represents a stylized Canadian maple leaf, if you will, so that it wouldn’t represent any specific species, specifically not the Norway maple.”
Sheesh. Governments aren’t exactly truth-prone at the best of times, but the Conservative rot has evidently spread so far that even a minor, trivial, and irrelevant goof-up in the design of the new currency is a threat that must be quelled through dubious piffle.
In a dispute over the proper identification of a maple leaf, I’m afraid I have to side with the professor of botany over the government PR flack.
It’s not the inspiration for the leaf symbol that matters. It’s that on such a trivial, insignificant, and piffling matter, when it could easily have said “sorry, that’s our bad, but the Norway maple really does live in Canada now, even if it isn’t native” — no, instead, the government’s first instinct was to lie.Tweet