#ICYMI: Quebecers are optimistic — and never simply because the snow warning was cancelled

Air Canada’s first A220 – the Airbus jet that Bombardier developed beneath the C Collection title earlier than relinquishing management of this system. Chief pilot Patrick Tompkins within the A220 cockpit on the media launch in Dorval on Wednesday January 15, 2020. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette ORG XMIT: 63724


What a day! 

Some good news: Thursday morning might not be a complete mess after all! Surroundings Canada lifted a particular climate assertion that had warned of 15 centimetres of snow and “hazardous” driving situations throughout tomorrow’s rush hour. The amended forecast now requires a extra manageable four to eight centimetres of snow.

Quebec is apparently a hotbed of optimism. 76 per cent of Quebecers are glad with the way in which issues are entering into Canada, in response to a brand new survey from the Angus Reid Institute. As ever, Alberta is Quebec’s reverse with simply 29 per cent of respondents expressing satisfaction — a steep decline from 4 years in the past. Whereas there’s comparatively little distinction throughout age teams, 46 per cent of males say they’re sad with the way in which issues are going in comparison with about 32 per cent of girls. If Quebecers are glad with the nation’s trajectory, they’re positively effusive about their private paths. 87 per cent of Quebecers — probably the most of any province — expressed optimism about their futures. Elsewhere in surveys, Prince Harry stays the most well-liked royal in Canada however 73 per cent of respondents say he and Meghan Markle should pay their own way in the event that they observe by means of on their plan to step again from official duties and stay part-time in Canada.

Two business groups called on Quebec to include measures to make employee recruitment more attractive in its next budget. The Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec and the Canadian Federation of Impartial Enterprise say they count on the continuing provincial labour scarcity to be addressed within the next budget tabled by Finance Minister Éric Girard this spring. Each teams acknowledge the Legault authorities has taken steps to take care of the difficulty however add that extra must be executed, significantly within the space of convincing skilled employees to remain on the job and in doing extra to draw immigrant employees. Additionally they need Quebec to lighten its financial burden on companies since they discourage firms from creating jobs.

Air Canada unveiled its new Mirabel-built Airbus A220 jet. The airplane, as soon as generally known as the Bombardier C Collection, will make its maiden industrial flight on Thursday. The primary devoted A220 routes, which embrace Montreal-Seattle, will start Might four. Air Canada ordered 45 of the narrow-body jets from Bombardier in 2016 at a time when C Collection gross sales had been few and much between. On the time the order was introduced, the deal had an inventory worth of $three.eight billion U.S. — although airways sometimes negotiate reductions with airplane producers. Airbus took management of the C Collection on July 1, 2018 and rebranded it the A220. It booked 63 orders for the jet final yr, boosting this system’s all-time tally to 600. Bombardier retains a minority stake within the A220 partnership.