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  1. I remember Mont Royal telling me that more choice (and lousy operators) is good for the consumer
  2. None of these start-up's or smaller scape AI companies have any kind of economic weight (short/medium-term) compared to SNC/Bombardier/CGI/Metro etc. This is just absurdity. Losing Bell, and replacing it with Breather is not a fair trade. Even if it's 5x Breather: 1x Bell - still not even remotely a close trade. There has been no Unicorn out of Montreal in recent history. Perhaps Element AI may get there, or perhaps Lightspeed. Have you looked at Montreal's global relevancy as a tech hub? It's still not even top 30. FYI - CBRE reports Toronto does 4:1 on tech job creation vs Montreal since 2013. Love the optimism, but this is mostly fantasy talk.
  3. Our economy is booming because the global economy is too. Yet, Quebec's economic growth pace still doesn't keep pace on a relative scale. Our visions are totally different. I want Montreal to become a global and worldly cosmopolitan city that exemplifies our country (Canada), our pvorvince, while preserving and flourishing the local culture. Your vision is of a provincial, small, incremental, lovable city that is regionally relevant. I'm talking a global city, you're advocating a provincial capital. This is why young, talented, educated and ambitious talents considers careers outside Montreal. We've lost our dream to think big, to be confident and position our city in the global conversation. It's a real pity. Montreal should be Canada and Quebec's world city. Toxik - i'm happy to take you to Toronto for a weekend. I think you ought to spend some time there.
  4. my opinion 1,) modernize bill 101 for the changing global context. Make sure that "operating exclusively in french" doesn't scare people from University of Toronto, Stanford, or Oxford to consider Montreal for a global career. Let's speak only as friends, the perception whether true/false reduces our attractiveness. Provide a grace period to learn/adopt french. Encourage businesses to comply with the french language charter through tax advantages and benefits. This proposal is not meant to scrap Bill 101 or ignore the cultural realities of Quebec. This is not all or nothing type of approach 2.) Reduce personal income taxes to be lower than Ontario, to provide a fiscal incentive to come to Quebec vs. Ontario. If you know Ontario has an advantage over you, why further exacerbate it by having higher income taxes for the working class? Yes - $7 day care, Yes- cheaper tuition, Yes- cheaper cost of living - but at the end of the day global talent is looking at the bottom line before evaluating the options of where to pursue a career. 3.) Provide fiscal incentives for university students (international/domestic) to opt for a career in Quebec instead of looking elsewhere 4.) Increase, not reduce immigration.
  5. Again I love your utopic vision of the world, but did we need to have hundred's of thousands of our best and brightest to leave the province in order to accomplish above? Did we need to lose all of the companies and the associated wealth that could have gone to our hospitals, schools, and infrastructure to Toronto to accomplish above? There was no other way to re-write history to achieve the social goals above? It sounds like you're defending the status quo of average. What is the vision for Montreal? What do we want the city to become? The greatest aspect of Montreal, is its multiculturalism, its diversity, outlook and inclusiveness. Francophone/Anglophone/Jewish/Arabic/Latino/Italian and Lebanese, Montreal can truly be one of the greatest cities of the world. This aspect has been in despite the desires of people outside the city to suppress the bilingual, multi-cultural and international flavor of the city for fear of cultural assimilation and ethnic insecurity etc. This isn't any different from our dear neighbor to the South, but Montreal can't flourish globally in the Quebecois context as we know it today. Let the next provincial election show why above is true. What does it say about us when our city has trouble attracting people due to poor attractiveness, despite having one of the best qualities of life on the planet? What does it say when we have trouble retaining a significant portion of the Quebec youth that we educate, despite the tremendous generosity of the QUebec taxpayer? All niceties aside, the facts clearly show that your vision of Montreal, the "good news metropolis of the Americas" is not shared at large. If/When i'm wrong, i'll eat crow and drink the kool-aid. In the meantime, the demographic concerns that face this province and our city will further amplify.
  6. You do realize that, in a most ironic way, we are much less "maitre chez nous" then we have ever been. Mostly everything (financial, capital allocation, retail, infrastructure, media, power) is centrally controlled in Toronto. To your point, you can't out-maneuver Toronto, it has control over our city/province/country. I find this ironic and even moronic given that the intention of the quiet revolution, the result is we're more subservient than ever. I'm all for your vision of developing things a la Montrealaise, but what does that mean in terms of attracting talent/retaining talent and positioning our city to no longer be relative economic laggard? Sounds like a lot of hocus pocus kool-aid type talk. How will the creative class create jobs and economic prosperity for our city other than AI Research and Visual effect studios?
  7. Doug - this is not good. You don't want your top market from the city to be a low cost blood bath. Just keeps premium carriers away.