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  1. And you think a Liberal government would do any different or that an NDP government would be a friend to the airline industry? A Conservative government might just be Liberal-lite but at the very least Scheer won't be embarassing us on the world stage by prancing around in costume, won't be spending time at the G7 with world leaders discussing his socks or telling everyone within earshot 187 times that he's a feminist and that's enough of a reason to vote Conservative.
  2. I can't believe that any rational Canadian can look at the last four years of Trudeau's leadership and say, "yes, I want four more years of that." It's ridiculous.
  3. Just a little cut-and-paste from another forum for your edification regarding the gun controls already in effect. Maybe you don’t know what firearm owners must do. “Did you know that to own a firearm, you must have a licence?” “Did you know that Assault Rifles are already prohibited in Canada?” “Did you know that holders of firearms licenses have the lowest rate of criminal activity of any group in Canada?” “Did you know that gang related shootings have doubled since the Liberals came into power?” “Did you know that 95% of homicides in Canada are directly attributed to organized crime and gang activity?” “Did you know that to get a licence, you must have character references, including your spouse?” “Did you know that to get a licence, a complete background check is done?” “Did you know that once you have a licence, all licensees have their names checked daily with a National CPIC looking for any criminal infractions?” “Did you know that to there are mandatory storage requirements for firearms?” “Did you know that handguns can only be shot at an approved shooting range that is inspected constantly?” “Did you know that to transport a handgun to the approved range, there are mandatory requirements?” “Did you know that there are restrictions on magazine capacities?” “Did you know the vast majority of Police Chiefs are not in favour of a handgun ban?” “Did you know that the Federal government tracks every firearm owner including their place of residence and vehicle information?” “I have a federally issued photo ID that indicates that I am not a criminal. It is a Firearms License. No other citizen group in the country is subject to constant oversight and scrutiny. No government agency tracks known criminals.”
  4. Ten men go out for beer. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this: The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3. The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59. So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. He said, "Since you are all such good customers, I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80." The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes, so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men -- the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share"? They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay! And so: The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings). The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings). The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings). The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings). The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings). The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings). Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got $10!" "Yeah, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!" "That's true!!"shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only $2 ? The wealthy get all the breaks!" "Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!" The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill! And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up any more. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
  5. There are only two kinds of guns in Canada; legal guns owned by those who are vetted and follow the rules and illegal guns owned by criminals. So, do we need "gun control" for all those illegal guns? Yes, we do. Surprise! We already have gun control for illegal guns.
  6. Why? What did he say that, in your opinion, makes him unacceptable as a firearms owner?
  7. First of all, where do you get "gun happy conservatives" from? Firearm ownership has a long respected history in Canada - target shooting, hunting, wildlife control are all perfectly valid and acceptable reasons for owning and using a firearm. Well, at least they were until Trudeau and Blair decided to take them away. As for your second statement - I'll just throw the same thing back at you - don't change Canada, go where you can find what you want - if you're a person who wants to live in a society without firearms (which is changing Canada) just pack up and move to Singapore or Sweden or Japan. Don't you see that it's the Liberals that are trying to change Canada?
  8. Good idea - how can we get the Liberal voters to emigrate to Sweden?
  9. Yes, there's no doubt we're on the same path - our pathetic posting on this forum, voting, ranting on social media sites, will do nothing. It will take a few generations to completely collapse but it's coming.
  10. What does this have to do with the discussion we're having? Posting things like this are exactly the best way to annoy people - if you don't like it just leave! Well, why should I be the one who leaves? Maybe the ones who want something different should be the one who leave?
  11. I have a handgun, actually several handguns, I use them for shooting paper circles at the shooting range. What is the purpose for the general public owning handguns? Well, what is the purpose for the general public owning downhill skiis, or high performance motorcycles, or Rottweilers as pets, or 4-wheel drive trucks or jetskiis? I am legally vetted and follow all the storage and transportation laws. I don't have it for personal protection. I store it at the range and never bring it home. It's for shooting paper targets. You may think this is pointless but I enjoy it (I think golf is pointless but some people seem to enjoy it). The fact is that there are many recreational shooters like me - those who follow the complicated and highly restrictive rules. People who have invested lots of time, energy and money on an activity they enjoy and they are getting lumped in with the street racers. Look, if you (or the police) can find firearms owners with improperly stored, or carried, restricted firearms I am fully in agreement with prosecution according to the law but I think you will find this is a figment of the imagination of the media. The fact is that those who are able to meet the requirements to get a restricted possession and acquisition licence are those least likely to violate those requirements.
  12. You're right we're not at that point. This is exactly what the romans said in 100 AD and then again in 200 AD. The fact that it's not there now does not mean we're not on the tragectory toward the point where it will be true.
  13. Yes, totally agree, the public is tired of criminals committing crimes. So how, exactly does imposing sanctions and restrictions on legal gun owners help with this problem? First of all, we have to ignore anything and everything that happened/happens in the USA - this does not apply to Canada. The USA has a different culture, different laws and a different attitude towards firearms. The laws in Canada are the laws that the anti-gun advocats in the USA want to get! We already have the laws and controls that are needed. There has been exactly 1 person that was killed with an AR15 in Canada - not a mass shooting, not a school shooting - it was gang activity and an innocent person was killed. This is regretable but hardly indicative of any problem that needs to be addresses by banning the AR15. Yes, I get it. Random shootings by criminals is a problem that should be addressed but banning guns from legal, vetted, Canadians is akin to taking some soccer mom's minivan because of street racing by teenage punks. Guns are not bad. Illegal guns used by criminals are bad. Two different things.
  14. Society changes but does not always "carry on". History has shown that when the government gets too corrupt or incompetent or the society becomes too fractious it collapses and is replaced.
  15. Well, you know what they say. There's only two kinds of people; those that have and those that will.
  16. Looks like it came from here:
  17. Why do you have such a hatred for AC? Every post you make drips with it. Did they lose your baggage or something?
  18. Well, AC's objection is valid. They are not against the buyout, just against it as structured. Onex simply needs to ensure the rules are followed. As an aside, you can be sure WS would object if AC was involved in a buyout with the same concerns (and that would be appropriate).
  19. YYZ-ATL is a desired route? The junior french-speaking FAs can have it!
  20. Collected newsreel clips of Saunders-Roe flying boats from 40s and 50s. Do I see a Canadian Pacific (Comet?) in background at around 3:35?
  21. parasite [par´ah-sīt] 1. a plant or animal that lives upon or within another living organism at whose expense it obtains some advantage;
  22. Anything is possible. The question is will efforts (extra crew, scheduling departure times to match circadian body clock, etc) be sufficient or just barely adequate and will the profit margin offset the extra costs?
  23. Actually, I find the anonymous Rediit post to be more reliable than the crap posted in the MSM. Any info given by AC will intentionally be no-committal and vague.
  24. Yes! The passenger runs to the media (or Gabor) and says, "I don't know why they treated me so poorly? I was an angel who never did anything wrong. Must be racism!" Meanwhile the airline (or coffee shop or grocery store) can't say anything about the how the person was being a complete savage, running around throwing punches and swearing like a drunk sailor. My default position is that the person complaining on twitter, or the CBC, or facebook is a lying, low-life thief looking for a freebie. Sometimes I'm wrong but not very often.