YOU HIT the nail on the head in your assessment of the “Big Three” companies (“The decline of the North American car,” Business, Dec. l). While the quality control prophet W.E. Deming was helping to revolutionize the Japanese auto industry in the late 1940s, domestic auto companies rebuffed his talk of continuous improvement and quality through leadership and workmanship.
In business circles, calling somebody “a shooter” used to be a mark of high regard. Shooters were gutsy, bold and willing to take risks that others would not. The term has fallen out of popular use in Canada, perhaps in part Ted Rogers, CEO of Rogers Communications—the company that owns this magazine-died last week after a long struggle with heart problems.
Circle your calendars! Jan. 26 is Back-to-Parliament Day. That’s when your MPs will reconvene in Ottawa for another! Fun! Few! Days! of recrimination and bitter, bitter resentment. There will be a Throne Speech. It will require that all MPs not named Harper sleep on beds of spikes.
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