Opinion

Electric adventures

November 22, 2017 at 2:20 pm 0 comments

It’s one thing to have someone describe swimming to me, but it’s another thing entirely to jump in. And I figured it was time to make that jump and assess the electric vehicle experience. To do this, the gang at BMW’s Canadian head office provided me with a 2017 i3 […]

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Disruption and change

November 22, 2017 at 2:20 pm 0 comments

As you read through this issue of Canadian auto dealer, or any other for that matter, you’ll discover a consistent theme about the forces of change and disruption that are impacting Canada’s auto dealers. Our editorial team covers a lot of industry conferences and events, and change seems to be […]

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Government out of touch on small business tax changes

Government out of touch on small business tax changes

November 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm 0 comments

Mistaken perceptions of business owners fueling outrage in business community In the middle of summer, when much of the country was in vacation mode, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau dropped a set of corporate and small business tax proposals that has since sent Canada’s business community into a level of […]

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Bringing digital media into your store

October 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm Comments are Disabled

It’s well known at this point that consumers spend time online before they step into your store.  New research also proves that millennials will be attracted to digital displays in your dealership. While not surprising, there are few dealerships yet fully equipped to satisfy the in-store demands of millennials (and […]

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Raising the bar

October 11, 2017 at 2:23 pm Comments are Disabled

A funny thing happened to me today when I walked into a health clinic. Ok, that’s not the start of a joke, but it’s a true story. I was suffering from inflammation in my elbow, and those around me know my aversion to visiting the doctor. Still, they urged me to […]

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Anything is possible with Trump and NAFTA deal

Anything is possible with Trump and NAFTA deal

October 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm Comments are Disabled

Predictions are fraught with peril when it comes to new U.S. President With a new United States trade representative confirmed with a strong bipartisan majority in Washington, it is expected that a major renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will take place later in 2017. President Trump […]

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Trading realities

Trading realities

August 4, 2017 at 10:50 am Comments are Disabled

There’s good reason to fear for NAFTA’s future, but better reason to let those fears go With a new United States trade representative confirmed through a strong bipartisan majority in Washington, it is expected that a major renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will take place later […]

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Remembering a great man

August 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm Comments are Disabled

I flew out to Victoria to visit Tom Harris, just two weeks before he died. I wanted to run some ideas by him. I wanted to pick his remarkable brain. And I was looking forward to the time together. Tom’s business philosophy included a strong belief in the value of partnering. […]

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