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  1. ville-marie

    There is nothing lightly amusing about denigrating what is considered by some to be sacred territory. I could have just as easily said English settlers. Rocco, irrespective of his mother tongue, needs a little bashing from time to time. I have no doubt that his feelings are not hurt.
  2. The issue of whether a specific airline is providing unfair competition on international routes has to be resolved at an international level; not by a National government. A Canadian airline has lots of natural advantages, unavailable to airlines from other national carriers, which would also have to be taken into consideration. (educated workforce, long-standing brand, natural national market...which is inapplicable in most Gulf States, built-in customer base due to large distances and dispersed population, several major cities to draw from, cheap electricity, etc.) Most of these are unavailable for a carrier from a Gulf Sate or from many other parts of the world. So they will bring their own value added advantages and, when necessary, it will be up to international authorities to determine whether or not they have an unfair advantage. For example, is it really unfair for a government to provide subsidies? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. If AC authorities are not defending their turf and are not presenting arguments to the Canadian government as why a certain airline is providing, in their view, unfair competition, then they are not being responsible to their shareholders. The Canadian government however, has a double-barrelled interest; yes, to protect important jobs in the airline sector, but also to ensure that Canadian consumers have the best possible choices. In the current protectionist environment, it is the consumer who loses out.
  3. Actually, my point coincides largely with yours. I am talking about the Gulf region becoming the preferred hub-region for travellers from here going through to Asia and Africa. If the Gulf airlines were to come to Montreal in large numbers, they would definitely take a significant proportion of that traffic which currently goes through European hubs. In my view, given the strength of the AC European connections and their relative weakness in the gulf region, the Gulf airlines would take an increasing percentage of Montreal passengers heading to central Asia or certain parts of Africa. We already see a ferocious opposition in the US to the expanding capacity of Gulf-based airlines there, and it is easy to understand their apprehension. And, if I were AC, I would be concerned if we opened up the flood-gates for Gulf airlines to fly out of Montreal or elsewhere in Canada. Nor do I have any doubts that these concerns are well known in Ottawa. Western airlines are competing with airlines from a region where a quart of oil costs less than a quart of water, and where government control is the norm. Basically, the traditional equilibrium between Europe and NA, based on the recognition that Europe is the main jumping off point to Asia and Africa, has become irrelevant.
  4. ville-marie

    And if it turns out to be a cemetery of the early French settlers, will you still be so cynical about waiting a few months?
  5. It is satisfying to anyone affiliated with Air Canada. There is a strong resistance to the Gulf States airlines which are developing the Gul State hubs to eventually displace European hubs as the main jumping off points for Africa and Asia. AC has no current capacity in the Gulf State region and I suspect hat it would be more difficult for them to compete with the Gulf airlines than with European airlines. So, they encourage our government to resist the Gulf initiatives. Of course, this goes against the best interests of the consumer. Capitalists love competition until they actually have it.
  6. If the problem is perceived as tourists being subjected to seeing beggars, it can be easily solved. In some countries beggars are imprisoned; in others they are restricted to certain areas of town; in others, they are disappeared. Problem solved; for the tourists at least. A nice clean sanitized city. Of course, these cures are worse than the disease...and the disease is poverty, or economic disparity, or addiction. Hiding beggars solves nothing.
  7. Very important points to consider. It is a fine line between religious symbolism and historical heritage. When I see the cross on Mount Royal, I think of the settlement of Montreal; maybe the sacred vow of de Maisonneuve, but not the church or the religion itself. When I see the cruxifix in the Legislature, I see only a double standard, if not outright hypocrisy. Until it comes down, Quebec`s efforts to create a secular government will be viewed with total suspicion by outsiders and minority groups, including non-Catholic religious groups here.
  8. The truth is that these lists vary; sometimes Montreal even comes out on student city in the world.e.g. Some people, in fact, many people, like or even love Montreal, I love it and I am grateful to live here. I love the type of people who also love the uniqueness of this city. Others don't like it? Fine, no problem. Let them find a place where they can fit in better and enjoy their life. These lists have a certain marketing value and can be helpful in attracting people to either visit or move here. So, it is interesting and even helpful to debate their merits. But I don't want them to put me on the defensive. I know what I like, I know the city better than any outsider and I know that I am lucky to live here.
  9. We should definitely be thinking 50 years ahead. All of the horrific empty spaces that we are only now starting to fill up are the results of lack of urban vision 50 years ago when Drapeau decided to bulldoze the 'slums'. i loved the response of Mao when he was asked what he thought of the French Revolution. 'Too early to tell.' he replied, and I tend to agree with him.
  10. If Abu Dhubi is number two on a list, then we should be grateful that we don't rank too high on that sort of list. This is not the kind of company we want to keep, nor, by extension, the kind of respondents we want to attract.
  11. It is true that professional organizations are certainly non-profit; but they are a very minor and isolated part of the not for profit community. They are basically private organizations whose aim is to serve the interests of their membership, be it through advocacy or direct services such as professional training. Unlike most not-for-profits they do not have the best interests of the broader community at heart. In my view, they are generally not worthy of charitable status.
  12. They are a vital and dynamic component of the private sector. Having a social Mission brings as much, if not more, to a society, than does a corporation whose prime goal is to enrich a bunch of (already wealthy) corporate shareholders.
  13. It appears that this is well beyond the Proposal stage.
  14. To me it is too obvious that this is not a Canadian decision...or at least not a voluntary one. So much for our independence! Nor does the government have the backbone to be open and honest about it.