iOS app Android app

Entries by Diane Francis from 08/2009

U.S. War on Drugs Is Killing Mexico

| Posted 08.11.2009 | World

The Three Amigos Summit which just ended -- U.S., Canada and Mexico -- is the private gathering of North America's dysfunctional family.

GM: Sell Cars Like Dell Sells Computers

| Posted 08.12.2009 | Business

General Motors is teaming up with eBay to sell its inventory of new cars online. This could be, if it works, the new new business model for vehicles.

General Motors Europe and the Cold War

| Posted 08.12.2009 | Business

The old saw is that "what's good for General Motors is good for America" and that's why the Magna International bid for GM's European operations is unlikely to succeed.

Murdoch Pay-For-Content Strategy A Dud

| Posted 08.15.2009 | Media

Murdoch and others are the King Canutes of the business world, trying to hold back the tides.

U.S. and Health Care: The Madoff of Nations

| Posted 08.17.2009 | Business

Health care reform is like the Madoff scandal -- there's plenty of evidence that something is wrong, and certainly smelly, but nobody's prepared to do anything much about it.

Venezuela's Moscow Maneuvers

| Posted 08.18.2009 | World

All enlightened governments, including Canada's, which just signed an investment agreement, should deem Venezuela a "no-go" zone.

LBJ Created Canada's Superior Health Care System

| Posted 08.19.2009 | Business

Now that the Americans appear to have blown another chance to fix their health care system, it's time for Canadian physicians and others to ratchet up the industry offering selective services to Americans.

Dirty Money Flees Swiss Banks for Singapore

| Posted 08.22.2009 | World

UBS will hand over information on the accounts of 4,450 wealthy Americans, the bank has announed. But this should be just the beginning and the next big target should be Singapore.

China Is a Lousy Partner

| Posted 08.24.2009 | Business

Ottawa officials and politicians are encouraging Canadians to do business in China and with Chinese entities. But here's a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of doing business with the "Middle Kingdom."

General Motors: Cold War Part II

| Posted 08.25.2009 | Business

General Motors' prospects are improving and there is widespread sentiment that its European operations should not be sold now nor should they be allowed to be taken over in order to protect technology.

America's Tax Crybabies

| Posted 08.31.2009 | Business

To Canadians, and the rest of the free/developed world, an across-the-board sales tax is not only a no-brainer but, quite possibly, a world saver now.