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  1. 22 hours ago, Marshall said:

    Earlier stories pointed out a need to replace the Jet used to ferry around our PM and others, perhaps, since our Government likes to buy used and also since Mexico is a friend, we can help them out and fill our need at the same time?

    Mexico's Obrador considering raffling off presidential jet

    AMLO, who generally dislikes travelling great distances, flies economy when necessary

    The Associated Press · Posted: Jan 17, 2020 12:10 PM ET | Last Updated: 17 minutes ago
    This Dec. 3, 2018, photo provided by the Mexican Presidential press office shows the presidential airplane at Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City. The Boeing Dreamliner failed to find a buyer after a year on sale at a U.S. airstrip. (Mexican Presidential press office via AP)

    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Friday the latest in a series of desperate ideas to sell off his predecessor's official jet, which he says is too luxurious for a country where half the people live in poverty.

    López Obrador said he is considering raffling off the plane by selling six million raffle tickets at $25 US apiece.


    He offered to throw in a year's free operating time in case the winner of the lottery-style scheme doesn't have the money to operate the jet.

    López Obrador has floated four other ideas for selling the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, after the $130 million jet failed to find a buyer after a year on sale at a U.S. airstrip, where it piled up about $1.5 million in maintenance costs.

    He hasn't said yet whether he's considering a yard sale, but suggested that no idea has been ruled out.

    "Help me," he pleaded with reporters at his morning news conference, obviously floundering for ways to get rid of the plane. He said he has met with businessmen, seeking ideas of how to get rid of the white elephant.

    Stay-at-home president

    The jet is expensive to run and now configured to carry only 80 people, albeit with a full presidential suite with a bedroom and private bath; experts say it would be too expensive to reconfigure back into a commercial airliner that normally carries as many as 300 passengers.

    AMLO, as he is familiarly known in Mexico, has suggested bartering the plane in exchange for U.S. medical equipment, or selling it in shares to a group of businessmen for executive incentive programs. He has also offered to rent it out by the hour, in hopes of paying off the remainder of outstanding loans on the plane.

    Andrés Manuel López Obrador, centre left, is shown with the man he succeeded, Enrique Peña Nieto, at the National Palace in Mexico City on Aug. 20, 2018. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

    The austerity-minded president has vowed never to step foot on the jet his predecessor bought. He flies what is called tourist class, including lining up to check in and for security purposes.

    While campaigning, López Obrador embarked on an international tour to bolster his foreign policy bona fides in the election, but in his first year in office he skipped both the G20 summit in Japan and the United Nations General Assembly in New York and has not visited the White House. His meetings with Latin American leaders have all taken place in Mexico.

    López Obrador has travelled extensively by air within Mexico, however.

    Air travel also figured in one of López Obrador's first significant moves in office, as he cancelled a Mexico City airport project on which at least $2 billion had already been spent.

    He argued that his alternative plan to expand a military airbase farther from Mexico City for civilian use would ultimately prove to be $5 billion cheaper than finishing the started project, but the decision was generally unpopular and led to a sell-off in Mexican assets on world markets.

    With files from CBC News

    "Winner of the scheme doesn't have the money to operate the jet." Sounds like he is referring to Canada! 

  2. On ‎1‎/‎9‎/‎2020 at 7:48 AM, boestar said:

    You know what.  Bomb Iran.  But first get congressional approval and declare war on the state.  Until then you are just another Terrorist and no better than the guy you bombed.

    Zero Respect for the rules.

    Cheats at golf too.


     Cheats at golf - well - Putin catches the biggest pike in the lake, and, he got there on horseback!

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  3. 18 hours ago, dagger said:

    Furthermore, most of the people on that flight would have been in Iran for weeks over the holiday break. The US-Iran conflict spiked over the past several days. 

    I guess if you are willing to roll the dice?

  4. 19 hours ago, J.O. said:

    IIRC, instead of taking water samples at all of the required sites, they took them all from the same source. My dad did the same job in the town of Ayr at that time. Before the "Common Sense Revolution" (talk about an oxymoron) cutbacks, he'd get testing results from the lab in a day or two. When Walkerton happened, it was taking a lot longer.

    That's what I meant when I included the government. 

  5. 10 hours ago, conehead said:

    I don’t believe they had to replace any equipment, the problem was the lack of oversight of the testing procedures. Basically, the two brothers responsible for testing and treating the water were drunk all the time, and they fudged the test records. After this came to light, there were much more stringent testing and recording procedures put in place. Municipal potable water standards in Ontario are higher than that of bottled water people buy at the supermarket. And this is why Boeing aircraft should be very safe in the future; there is now a very bright light shining on their procedures.

    RE: Walkerton water, the two brothers were not "drunk all the time" It turned out to be a faulty( 1way?) valve close to the well! Lots of blame to go around

    including the Provincial government.   

  6. 1 hour ago, Jaydee said:

    Here’s the answer to all of America’s problems. Was sitting there before everyone’s eyes until someone thought of this 

    “ This is one grand idea……..

    When one tries to “reason” with a Democrat, remember you are dealing with a person who believes that a man can be a woman and a woman can be a man and that such a delusion should be encouraged, not discouraged. Discouragement of the delusion is considered immoral and bigoted. Thus, our society has unnecessary dilemmas concerning bathrooms, athletic competition at all levels, and “pronoun” controversies subjecting ourselves to all manner of laws, rules, regulation and more needless government control.

    Here is a suggestion to break the left’s ridiculous gender ideology and denial of biological reality.

    President Trump should make a declaration that he is identifying as a woman. The left will have to admit the absurdity of their gender ideology or accept and celebrate “Donna Trump” as the first woman President, thus beating Hillary, Liz Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand to the glorious goal of one of their “female firsts”.

    Furthermore, if he remains married to Melania, he will also be the first gay president and the first lesbian president. He will also be the first lesbian president married to an immigrant! What a most glorious event for the democrats to celebrate.

    God, I love it when a plan comes together!!!!!!


    Change Trump to Trudeau and Democrate to Liberal and the same applies to Canadians. Julie T. might even go for it!

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