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Federal budget 2017: Highlights of Bill Morneau's 2nd budget


Ryan Strome

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I'm in R&D and I'm pretty happy with the spending in that area. Its been far too long and nearly completely ignored under Harper. We have incredible opportunities all over Canada just waiting for seed funding and this is going to be a nice boost for new high tech jobs not rooted in 'rip and ship' resource areas. 

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11 hours ago, Lancaster said:

I believe they're good when compared to other North American transit systems....... but that's hardly a high bar to be measured up with. 

I think the "efficient" part is referred to the bus system only and the same(?) article mentions that the corporate side of Translink was inefficient. 

 

There is almost no real good reason for Translink to remain government owned either than the socialist mantra that supposedly big-bad business will jack up prices and provide less service.  MTR, JR East/Central/West/etc, other Japanese private rail lines, etc.... they must be doing something right.  Why don't Translink ever try to emulate those models?  Vancouver needs to stop setting low standards. 

Did you see my reply to that point? Go back. Japan is a unique case that would be very challenging to replicate in North American context. 

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15 hours ago, Lancaster said:

National Debt currently at $636 billion..... now this year will tack on an additional $28 billion.

Someday the interest rate will rise a lot and it will probably cost more to service the debt than providing services. 

 

 

This is a good visualization, albeit for Japan's problem.  Similar principles though.  

That video is pretty frightening. 

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2 hours ago, inane said:

Did you see my reply to that point? Go back. Japan is a unique case that would be very challenging to replicate in North American context. 

I did browse through part of the PDF that the guy wrote.  His examples for poor transit due to privatization includes places like Santiago in Chile, Clayton County in Georgia and Victoria in Australia..... not sure how they are even relevant is that article in the case of Vancouver.  I believe the report was more focused on bus ridership.  

 

As for Japan.... yep, it got bombed into ruins, thus they were able to rebuild from scratch.  Vancouver isn't some ancient city where there's no flexibility for change or there are suburbs stretching on forever.  Most of Vancouver's populations are in pockets and most important commercial zones are also in pockets.  It's not a difficult concept to just connect those pockets together.... or what the MTR does... they plan/develop future pockets.  

 

No one is asking to completely replicate the Asian system like the bullet trains or even the mass amount of stations like in Tokyo/Yokohama, Seoul or Osaka.  But smaller cities that are approximately the same size as Vancouver... like Kobe, Sapporo or Busan.  They have population size similar, roughly same city size, etc..... but more stations.  

 

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21 hours ago, Fateless said:

"$523.9 million over five years to prevent tax evasion and improve tax compliance, including more auditors, a crackdown on high-risk avoidance cases and better investigative efforts."

Does this not seem self-defeating to anyone else? Spending over half a billion in tax money, to make sure people pay the government more taxes?

 

No, it's so people pay the gov't the taxes they already owe. It's not more taxes, it's taxes that should already have been paid.

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2 hours ago, Lancaster said:

I did browse through part of the PDF that the guy wrote.  His examples for poor transit due to privatization includes places like Santiago in Chile, Clayton County in Georgia and Victoria in Australia..... not sure how they are even relevant is that article in the case of Vancouver.  I believe the report was more focused on bus ridership.  

 

As for Japan.... yep, it got bombed into ruins, thus they were able to rebuild from scratch.  Vancouver isn't some ancient city where there's no flexibility for change or there are suburbs stretching on forever.  Most of Vancouver's populations are in pockets and most important commercial zones are also in pockets.  It's not a difficult concept to just connect those pockets together.... or what the MTR does... they plan/develop future pockets.  

 

No one is asking to completely replicate the Asian system like the bullet trains or even the mass amount of stations like in Tokyo/Yokohama, Seoul or Osaka.  But smaller cities that are approximately the same size as Vancouver... like Kobe, Sapporo or Busan.  They have population size similar, roughly same city size, etc..... but more stations.  

 

There are many other articles about the benefits of public transit remaining public. I think there's a place for privatization in some aspects but not the whole system. 

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