Opinion

On the right track

March 28, 2017 at 10:04 am Comments are Disabled

This year marked the fifth time that I have taken to the stage as one of the moderators at the CADA Summit. As I looked out over the crowd, I saw many familiar faces. The attendees that return each year represent the cream of the crop of Canada’s automotive industry. […]

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Forced behaviour

Forced behaviour

February 27, 2017 at 11:25 am Comments are Disabled

Consumers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to electric vehicles A government that seeks to pass laws and regulations that swim against the powerful tide of consumer preference and choice is very likely putting itself on the path to disappointment at best and outright failure at worst. This […]

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No time for small talk

February 21, 2017 at 12:52 pm Comments are Disabled

One of the things I enjoy the most about my job, is talking to smart people who are passionate about what they do. Those conversations happen on a regular basis, doing interviews for stories, meeting people at industry events, or quite often when people come by the Canadian auto dealer […]

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The more things change

February 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm Comments are Disabled

The more things change, the less they actually do look the same. The funny thing about change, is it doesn’t tend to tap you on the shoulder. It comes in increments. Some small, some massive. But they add up. When enough change hits an industry, it can lead to transformative […]

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The tax hike shell game

The tax hike shell game

December 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm Comments are Disabled

More transparency is the fairest way to implement the government’s environmental plans The federal government under Prime Minister Trudeau has announced its first major, headline-grabbing, piece of environmental policy: a national carbon tax floor to increase from $10 per tonne of CO2 emissions to $50 per tonne between 2018 and […]

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The end of an era?

December 21, 2016 at 12:07 pm Comments are Disabled

A recent announcement from Ford yesterday took me right back to my earliest automotive memories, and produced decidedly mixed feelings for me. My father worked for a pharmaceutical company and drove a company car. GM products, always GM products. I remember the brown Chevrolet Caprice, the silver Oldsmobile Delta 88, […]

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It’s party time

It’s party time

December 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm Comments are Disabled

When it’s time to celebrate, there are few places better suited for revelry than New Orleans, Louisiana. After serving dealers and the industry for 75 years, it’s only fitting that the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association will gather its dealers and industry partners in that magical city to celebrate their significant […]

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Disruption or revolution?

Disruption or revolution?

October 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm Comments are Disabled

With new disruptors and players coming into the auto industry, it looks like we are heading towards a revolution — but are we? Revolutions are, by their nature, rare events. True turning points in history, or genuine breaks from the past, can’t happen every decade or even every century. What’s […]

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