He was drawing from one that was the German style, the ‘lets just unite two countries and compensate Canadians’ ones. That’s a total hypothetical.” Francis’ complaints about the critique hinge on the fact that Jay appeared to have only read the excerpted chapter of her book, and not the chapters that presented other, looser, options for integration. “It was interesting that someone would riff off a book that they haven’t completely understood the reasoning behind, nor had time to read it, and before anyone else had a chance to read it,” she says, later adding. “All the arguments used in that article were the typical negative, push-back, automatic rejection of a Canadian to anything new.” It’s hard not to read Francis’ book, however, and feel that her view of a Russian and Chinese state capitalism dominated future feels pessimistic, and perhaps even, as J. Dana Schuster of Foreign Policy describes it , “dystopian.” Here too, Francis is unrepentant, pointing to huge sovereign wealth funds, big investments in overseas resources, and Russia’s aggressive behavior in the Arctic as proof that she isn’t being alarmist. “It’s like a new cold war. The Cold War, 2.0, or the economic Cold War, 2.0.” Even so, does Canada need to be part of a world power? While the country may share many ties with the U.S., in many ways the country’s high living standards and history of social democracy may have more in common with European middle powers such as Norway or Denmark. Why shouldn’t Canada remain on that path, rather than join with the U.S.? Francis concedes that wouldn’t be a bad idea and says her last chapter is designed to deal with that. “It [says] OK, Canada, if there’s going to be no merger, here’s what you’ve got to do, and you’ve got to do it quickly. It’ll probably be more difficult politically than integrating faster with the Americans. They’ve gotta fix the border, they’ve got a constitutional problem, they’ve got a governance problem, they have an aboriginal problem, they’ve got an Arctic and military problem, a brain drain problem, a Dutch disease problem.” Ultimately, however, it all boils down to the same thing; “All of these things have to be looked at with solutions that involve working closer with the Americans,” Francis says. More than anything, she says, she hopes that the book will ignite debate.
Air Canada shares are taking off as costs trimmed
The QMI Agency reported on October 1 that Canadian immigration officials are letting polygamous men into the country as long as they arrive with only their first wife and promise not to obtain a harem afterward. The polygamous men are gaming the system, as immigration lawyer Richard Kurland explained: Under Canadian law, all other marriages after the first are illegal. For this reason, the first spouse only may enter Canada on a permanent basis, which creates a monogamous marriage. But if a polygamist wants to bring his other wives into Canada, all he has to do is divorce the others and remarry them in turn, while promising not to practice polygamy. Kurland explains: You can immigrate with one (wife) by divorcing the others divorce the one in Canada, marry the second one, bring her in (and) repeat the loop, as long as you sign a paper promising that you are not living in a polygamous relationship in Canada. There is no enforcement, control, or monitoring. There isnt any in the United States, either. In 2011, a Muslim named Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif was charged with plotting a jihad attack against the Military Entrance Processing Station in Seattle military recruiting station. His niqabbed, Binta Moussa-Davis, declared of her husband: He just good Muslim. Perfect Muslim. He pray five times a day. One feature of Abdul-Latifs devout commitment to Islam was his desire to marry again without divorcing Binta, of course. REGISTER or SIGN IN to COMMENT Our new registration system makes commenting easier and more enjoyable. Now, just register once and you’re done — you won’t have to enter an email address every time you comment. And, you can give a “thumbs up” to comments that are most interesting to you. If you haven’t yet, register now — it only takes a minute.
On Friday, shares jumped 13 per cent for the highest close since 2008. But for air travellers, it doesnt mean any steep discounts on fares any time soon. Thats because airlines in both Canada and the United States are maintaining careful discipline on pricing and capacity, ensuring that planes are loaded with lots of passengers. For consumers, this does mean fewer empty middle seats and fewer prospects for seat sales, said Robert Kokonis, president of airline consulting firm AirTrav Inc., in an email. In this environment of continued robust demand and high load factors, the carriers will continue to nudge airfares upwards. That means investors are finally being rewarded for their patience in a sector where it is traditionally difficult to make money, Kokonis added. Air Canada shares fell below $1 in late 2011 and early 2012 into penny-stock territory as the airline struggled amid intense labour unrest with its unions. Those days are over thanks to new contracts, some of which were imposed by government-appointed arbitrators, which have helped to lower Air Canadas cost structure. Air Canadas pilot contract paves the way to transfer some flying to cheaper regional carriers, including 15 Embraer planes to Sky Regional to run short-haul flights to the United States. Air Canada has also just announced that it is looking for bids to handle even more regional flying. Other changes include an extension on pension funding arrangements as well as refinancing higher-interest corporate debt that is expected to bring savings of at least $20 million a year. They are definitely doing better, especially on the cost side, and they have a number of initiatives that are coming, said Canaccord Genuity analyst David Tyerman, who has a price target of $7 in the next year.