What Does Ottawa Want?
CSeries at Toronto Billy Bishop Airport
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11:03 - May 17, 2015 - Quebec Canada
UPDATED - 8:35 - May 24, 2016
UPDATED - 9:10 - May 27, 2016
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has spent $83 million for an underground pedestrian tunnel so passengers no longer have to face the weather and wait for a ferry ride to cross the small channel to the downtown.
Building on this airport expansion, Porter Airlines placed an order for 12 CSeries CS100 and options for 18 more, valued at US$2 billion. The decision was based on the fact the CSeries makes less noise than the current Q400 flooding the airport daily already. A small runway expansion would be required to make the CS100 totally safe and legal to use at the downtown airport and allowing Porter to serve the Toronto citizen with direct flights from downtown to destinations it only can dream of so far, and still...
*The CSeries noise is reduced by 50 to 75 per cent compared with existing engines and fuel burn is cut by up to 16 per cent.
The Porter order is conditional to the runway expansion required. A small group of expensive condo waterfront wealthy citizen opposed it, probably not knowing anything about the facts around the CSeries, preferring to keep the noise generated by the huge quantities of Q400 turboprops from Air Canada and Porter at the airport.
The local Liberal candidate looking for ways to get elected promised to his healthy supporters that if elected there would be no CSeries at the airport, still even if a majority of the Toronto population was for it.
Looks like he never watch Star Trek. Spock: "Logic clearly Dictates, the Needs of the Many Outweigh The Needs of the Few".
You guessed it right! He got elected and so his leader, Justin Trudeau, now Canada Prime Minister with 39% of the votes from the 70.9% of Canadians who did vote. Trudeau named Marc Garneau as Minister of Transport. Listening to this higher astronaut logic, hours after he was named, probably aware of all the facts, i.e. the promised made by his depute and not the CSeries, another very logical decision was made public, his decision not to support the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport expansion, and you know how? By a tweet over twitter!!! There was the "logic clearly dictates" first move made by our former astronaut, back on earth we all hope!
Where does it leave us? Justin Trudeau government quickly scrap a US$2B dollar Bombardier CSeries order protecting Air Canada from Porter expansion as well at the same time (oh!).
Now what? That same Justin Trudeau government is trying to think hard for over 6 months now (something that took Quebec government 3 weeks) to find a way to help and invest in Bombardier CSeries. Or to break Bombardier apart? For the last 18 months, Bombardier's management has been totally changed! Trudeau, with his Morgan Stanley Toronto Bay $treet consultants are trying to change who control the company, to bring its shareholders on its knees, like if it needed that? To allow foreign control of the company having the only goal to break it apart and sell it to the highest bidders (and those are not Canadians!). Some says Bombardier's management needs to change! Well, check this out:
Changes at Bombardier for the last 18 months.
Feb. 2015 - Alain Bellemare appointed President and CEO, Bombardier Inc.
Jun. 2015 - Louis G. Véronneau appointed VP Mergers & Acquisitions Bombardier Inc.
Jun. 2015 - Jim Vounassis appointed VP Operations Strategy Bombardier Inc.
Apr. 2015 - Fred Cromer appointed President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
May 2015 - Colin Bole, appointed Senior VP Sales & Asset Management Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Jun. 2015 - David Coleal appointed President, Bombardier Business Aircraft
Aug. 2015 - Nico Buchholz appointed Senior VP and Chief Procurement Officer Bombardier Inc.
Aug. 2015 - John Di Bert appointed Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer Bombardier Inc.
Dec. 2015 - Laurent Troger appointed President Bombardier Transportation
Jan. 2016 - Patrick Baudis appointed VP Marketing Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Feb. 2016 - Benoit Cattin-Martel appointed President Asia Pacific Division Bombardier Transportation
Apr. 2016 - Benoit Brossoit appointed President Bombardier Transportation's Americas Division
Apr. 2016 - Michael Fohrer appointed President of Locomotives, Light Rail Vehicles and Services
Apr. 2016 - Germar Wacker appointed President Mainline & Metros, Central/Eastern Europe & CIS
If you read the government wants to see changes at the direction of Bombardier Inc... I think this has been done and still happening! Don't you think? Should Quebec offer the total US$2B to Bombardier in exchange of the company to bring all the Ontario aircraft assembly lines (Q400 and Global) jobs back into Quebec? All trains/buses/metro assembly too? Say "thank you" to Justin Trudeau and his Bay Street Boys with no vision other than their personal interests, if so.
The question is now ours, "What Does Ottawa Want" ? In Quebec we're ready, either way! So far, "Thanks, but no Thanks"
*"This is not a Jet!" information for the neophyte on the engine of the CSeries: