Given most Canadians will take time off this summer, let’s improve Canada by copying some of the places Canadians might visit. Let’s start with some possibilities for improving travel.
In the recent Speech from the Throne, the federal government announced a variety of initiatives but the one that drew much attention was its ostensible consumer-friendly tack.
On some consumer issues, the Conservative government has the right instincts, promoting competition within the cellphone sector for example, even if its approach to the upcoming wireless spectrum auction is flawed.
In other places, the Harper governments predisposition is counter-productive.
For instance, ponder the federal governments desire to micromanage how airlines double-book seats.
Its the holiday season and people are flying hither and yon to visit family and friends. Many wont be in the holiday mood by the time they land. Instead, theyll grumpy about bad service and cranky about ticket prices.
Next year, people may be even grumpier if the Ottawa apparatchiks, who transformed Air Canada into Air Monopoly, continue to make bad transportation policy, as appears likely.