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  1. robsaw

    Tories Throw us Back to Colonial Status

    What a laugh. The Liberals not only claimed that they spoke for the "invisible majority" but the minority, everyone else, "true Canadian" values, as the Natural Governing Party attitude has taken them to the abyss. The NDP similarly claims to speak for "All Working Canadians", a nice euphemism for union members. No party speaks for anyone but those that voted for that party in the last election and likely only a portion of those truly buy-in to the party line. The old "we speak for/represent all of " is a tired old debating trick that has been used by every politician since time immemorial. The interesting thing about this move back to the "Royal" name is that it actually reflects the historical policy and rationale of the old Conservative Party; that being of strong ties to the UK/Commonwealth and distancing from the USA. The whole issue is a grand but frivolous distraction that is getting the predictable reaction from tired, old Liberals.
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    Tories Throw us Back to Colonial Status

    I essentially agree, however, I'll also agree it is a waste of money. The biggest complainers though are more partisan than they claim the Minister is for introducing this.
  3. The one I really like is refund of baggage fees if bags are lost. Represents a charge for a service not rendered otherwise.
  4. It won't take the banks long to raise them if they see a free fee for them to scoop up! someone with more info might step in and tell us, ????????// However i think the banks own the Debit cards and set up the system. However all the free giveaways on CC etc has got customers using CC instead of Debit cards. I think i read in the paper that the use of Debit cards is down. The current debit card system in Canada (Interac) is run by a non-profit association of member financial institutions. They tried to change it to a profit model last year but were turned down by the Competition Bureau. Also being introduced this year are co-branded interac/VISA (and perhaps Mastercard) debit cards that work on Interac in Canada and on the VISA system internationally. This will probably change the debit-system competitive landscape in Canada eventually if VISA rolls-out an independent debit system from Interac. I can tell you I use my CC wherever possible for the points rather than debit, why use debit unless you don't have the financial discipline to pay off CC every month?
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    Tories Throw us Back to Colonial Status

    Until the constitution is changed, there is a Queen of Canada, we have a monarchy (Constitutional form with Westminster style Parliament) and the titular commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces is the GG (Representing the Queen). The title "Royal" is a perfectly accurate representation of the governance of Canada and the hierarchy of the Canadian Forces. Yes, politically the monarchy is an obsolete concept but it is the reality of the day and it offends the Quebecois more than others but the suggestion that it reflects Colonial Status is just disingenuous, sensationalist posturing.
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    CFL: Summer/Autumn 2011

    That was the worst performance by the Lions I've witnessed in years. Bombers dominated everything except about the 1st 5 minutes of the game. Lions looked like the Keystone Kops on several plays.
  7. The topic title and article quoted by the OP directly and indirectly implies that the entire discussion of WS offering premium service is about market-share, revenue, growth and profitability. (i.e. the overall airline business). Your identification of the "topic" is WRONG. Full stop.
  8. If by revenue hit you mean revenues not increasing as rapidly as in the early days, sure, but then again what is better, consistent profitability with lower revenue growth or inconsistent profitability with larger revenue growth. The latter leads to repeat trips to restructuring. I've only flown Westjet 4 segments so from an air passenger perspective really dont' care, but from an investor perspective: - Westjet = consistent profits, dividends and rising share value trend since the depths of the post-2008 financial crisis - AC = inconsistent profits, no dividend, and stagnant share value trend
  9. And then there is the irony of: - payment by credit-card only - add-on fee for credit-card payment method Ryan Air for one, I believe, but in practice is the reality for most airline ticket purchases these days.
  10. robsaw

    Battlegrounds Canada: Stars align to the right

    Always convenient to blame the next guy for economic problems that they have really only a small influence over. Mulroney's biggest mistake was a press for cutting inflation at all costs, which meant skyrocketing interest rates, which exacerbated the economic slowdown, .... bigger deficit. Of course, there were plenty of "brilliant" economists advising him to do exactly what he did. I'll credit Martin for being tough enough to hack and slash in what was a shockingly (for politics) effective and more-or-less correct manner. But it was also political pocket-switching as a good chunk of that budget correction was accomplished by dumping expenditures to the Provinces. Although, even that may have been good because it forced the Provinces to also get their acts together fiscally. Good finance minister but lost his rudder when going for the PM. However, I believe when taking GDP, inflation, etc into account, that the worst spending pattern can be attributed to the Trudeau era.
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    Liberals undergoing summer of "therapy"

    Now that was a good cartoon.
  12. Partisan patronage, directed contracts to insiders, etc, etc, is a game ALL of the parties in power play. BC Liberals, Federal Liberals, Conservatives, whatever, they are all the same. The same stink is on all of them, it just comes from different parts of the body. As the party in power stays in power their arrogance increases until the public has enough, tosses them out and gets to do it all over again with the next set of crooks. Gordon Campbell hit his peak of arrogance and was replaced by Christy Clark, who will likely take the fall for the party in the next BC election just like Kim Campbell took the hit for Mulroney and the stretching list of Lib pretenders are taking the hit for Chretien.
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    Electronic discrimination in the skies

    "Probably" yes but under the current regulatory model and with the practical limitations on testing EVERY model of phone it would be an impossibility to certify them for use during critical aircraft operations. This is especially true as cell phone technology is continually evolving with different RF waveforms and modulation techniques that makes the suggestion of a definitive blanket permission to be granted for on-board cell use a difficult move. Then again, we have on-board WiFi, which in my mind is probably a far less controlled technology in terms of engineering quality than cell and it is allowed at cruise altitudes. However, WiFi is even lower power than cell particularly when a cell phone goes to max power when trying to connect to out-of-range towers as will happen on an aircraft. I believe a study I read showed that the unintended spurious RF coming out of laptops (with WiFi OFF) could be of more concern than intended radiation from some low-power transmitting devices. Again, I think it is the robustness of avionics rather than the benign nature of consumer electronics that is key. With aircraft full of electronics, including radar and various radios, the stuff has to be immune to fairly significant potential RF/EM interference to begin with. The issue is that not as much attention was given in the many years old design of aircraft to the amount of RF/EM originating in the passenger cabin and how wiring though that area might be susceptible to conducting interference to systems located elsewhere on the plane.
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    CFL: Summer/Autumn 2011

    Just found this report that might have an unfortunate impact on the Bombers' team spirit. Winnipeg mourns loss of coach Richard Harris http://www.cfl.ca/article/winnipeg-mour ... ard-harris
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