Christian Conservative Christian "Independent"

I'm an evangelical Christian, member of the CPC, but presently & unjustly exiled to wander the political wilderness.
All opinions expressed here are solely my own.

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Dollar Up Again... this is NUTS!

$1.07US?!?!?! This time, it was on strong job growth numbers... ironic, with Chrysler's announcement yesterday.

Canada's industries, especially the manufacturing sector, better figure out how to change with the paradigm shift QUICK... eh Buzz?



  • At Fri Nov 02, 03:10:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    funny how little sympathy you have for the many canadians who will continue to lose jobs as it becomes increasingly difficult to manufacture goods in this country.

    manufacturing has long been the life blood of quebec and ontario. there are only so many positions to be filled by out of work easterners in alberta's fast food restaurants.

    don't think the death of manufacturing comes at a real cost?

    ask the americans what happens when your govt contniues to spend and cut taxes at the same time all the while fiddling as rome burns.

    recession ain't a pretty word. we're about 6 - 12 months away from one.

    no wonder harper wants an election now.

  • At Fri Nov 02, 03:56:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Actually, anon, I care very much about this lifeblood industry... the industry that Buzz's unions are killing.

    What we need aren't more uber-lucrative collective agreements, but a wholesale revamp of how we do business, to make this province the mecca of the international manufacturing industry... instead of chasing the jobs away to the second or third world. I'm interested in getting MORE jobs for people, not in further gold-plated packages for the unions.

    I'm sorry, but $140,000+ for a union assembly line job is not what I call a smart economic move. We need to figure out how to revamp the industry, provide good jobs for people, and get more people working. Figure out how to attract businesses, and I'm sorry for the reality check, but the way to do that is to foster a climate where big business can be profitable, not just break even. To do that in the manufacturing sector, it means reasonable and flexable collective agreements.

    The unions are going to kill the industry, NOT the high dollar.

  • At Sat Nov 03, 08:19:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Unknown said…

    Most new automotive plants are being built in the southern states where they have 'right to work' laws, and therefore little union activity. There never will be any growth in the traditional unionised manufacturing area. Buzz should start talking to his puppet Dalton about lowering Ontario's corporate tax, instead of whining about Harper. We all know that won't happen because ideology is more important than jobs.

  • At Sat Nov 03, 09:31:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Luke Coughey said…

    I agree with Andrew that the unions are killing the automotive industry.

    As for Canadian exporters, we just need to learn to adapt. When I went to Germany, just prior to the Euro, my Canadian dollar was worth about 1.30 German marks. Now the Euro is worth about 1.37 Canadian dollars...Germany has survived and appears to going quite strong, from what I can tell...though, I could be wrong.

    I think we, as Canadians, need to focus on markets outside the US as well as our own. We are now living in a global market. That is what I plan to do with my data recovery business.


  • At Sun Nov 04, 02:20:00 p.m. EST, Blogger zolton said…

    Man you guys are jokes of life! Canadian Christian your compassion for Canadians losing their jobs is despicable. Get your head out of the parochial sand! Maybe you should start listening to your good book before you listen to fascist political propaganda.
    Chrysler and American made vehicle's in my opinion are losing business because of their own business plans. When GWB got elected we saw a resurgence of large polluting vehicle's. Why?
    Because the oil companies and the car companies are good friends!
    With the cost of gas going though the roof, Global warming (if you believe that to be a reality yet) people don't want to buy huge hunks of crap that cost them allot of money.
    The trends back in the 90s showed that foreign made cars were becoming very popular because of their fuel efficiency.
    Remember in North America we have the cheapest gas, so it doesn't make sense to sell out inefficient cars overseas!
    So don't put the blame on BUZZ when it was the companies themselves that fuked up!
    That and Harper did squat! He gives out tax breaks and subsidies to Big oil yet can't find any money to save our manufacturing jobs, softwood,wheatboard,healthcare. Who's playing politics with peoples lives? DISGUSTING!
    The GST cut is BS, first of all most business won't even take off that extra cent they will just add it to their profit margins. It takes away 5 billion dollars that goes to Canadian social sponsored programs to benefit Canadians.
    But instead its gonna go to Walmart.
    Also the conservatives raised income tax and now are lowering to a percentage that was there before they were elected.
    Thanks Harper!
    Good God when are you gonna wake up?

  • At Sun Nov 04, 07:26:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Unknown said…

    Hey Zolton, why don't you move to Hugo Chavez world where your ideology and will be appreciated. I work for a company that supplies Ford, Chrysler, GM, Toyota, Daimler, and Hyundai in Tennesee. I can tell you with absolute honesty from personal observation in dozens of plants, it's the workers, the union, and the attitude that comes with it. If you have experiences to match mine, please share.

  • At Sun Nov 04, 08:33:00 p.m. EST, Blogger meg said…

    There are only two things that are certain in life. Death and Taxes.

    Zolton, what planet are you from? Where do you get the idea that CC has no sympathy for the manufacturing sector? His father works in an area of manufacturing, and he grew up experiencing firsthand the difficulty and financial turmoil layoffs cause. He's sick and tired of seeing the money grubbing unions plowing companies into oblivion (I know this because I'm married to him and I hear him groan every time we hear another report of the news about more job cuts. If unionized workers were to take a pay cut (believe me, you can live comfortably on less than 140,000, even less than 100,000 a year in Canada--not opulently, but certainly better off than 9/10ths of the rest of the world)and at least your company will be around long enough to see you into retirement!. You'll also save jobs, create more jobs, and put money into developing better products.

    Furthermore, it is obvious that people in North America like their gas guzzlers or there wouldn't be a market for them. I'm not saying it's a good thing, but what on earth does that have to do with the Bush administration? Most of the people driving those big cars are of a generation that has always had large vehicles, and right now they are the ones with the money to buy them. I happened to live in the U.S. for 3 years of the Clinton admin., in the 90's, and I'm quite certain there were just as many SUV's on the road then as now. Most of the younger generation (read post-boomer) are trending towards lower emissions vehicles, and families who only have a few kids are going for crossovers. Buzz and co. need to wake up and realize that if they don't stop paying the salaries of King's--they are going to end up as paupers and have no-one to blame but themselves. They definitely need some restructuring as well, and they need to take some lessons from Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Kia et al. CC has been saying as much for years.

    So, do you suggest that the Government make it less desirable than it already is for new business to operate and be attracted to Canada? Yeah, that would be great for the economy! The taxes are already the biggest turnoff for companies to move to Canada, so the only ones who feel they can afford to come here are the Wal-Marts of the world. Lower taxes for businesses and make it at least slightly more attractive to come here than, say, India or Mexico, and we'll see even better job stability-therefore more people paying taxes-and maybe we'd lose less of our younger workforce to the rest of the world!

  • At Sun Nov 04, 09:59:00 p.m. EST, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    LOL... that's my girl... ain't she great? ;-)

  • At Mon Nov 05, 09:22:00 a.m. EST, Blogger Luke Coughey said…

    I'm confused on one point. The last time I checked, Toyota & Honda are just as much Canadian as Ford and Chrysler. From what I can tell, Toyota treats their Canadian employees a lot better and has a product that is far superior to the others. If I understand correctly, the aren't unionized and are doing quite well in the North American market.


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