Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tim Hortons Rolls Up the Profits

Tim Hortons Inc. reported on Thursday a 21 per cent gain in profits, something it calls its best three-month performance in several quarters.
The iconic Canadian coffee chain earned $94.1 million, up from $77.8 million a year ago.
This is obviously a big day for the Tim Hortons family, returning to your Canadian roots after 14 years away. Now, I agree, the United States is a great place to visit, but let’s face it, there is no place like our home and native land, there is no place like Canada. I also suspect that there will be a lot of Canadians actually surprised to hear that Tims is moving its headquarters back home. Your company is such a fixture here on the street corners and in the malls that I’m not sure many Canadians would believe you actually ever moved away, but this company’s success over the past four decades is truly impressive.
Compare what the Liberals did with the Prime Minister welcoming back Tim Hortons to Canada.
Two Liberal MPs and Staff Protest outside Tim Hortons
OAKVILLE – Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s absence today from a special meeting of world leaders at the United Nations in favour of a doughnut factory tour highlights Canada’s faltering world voice under the Conservatives – especially in the global fight against climate change.- Liberal Press Release critical of P.M. Harper missing U.N. speeches.
Like this guy
A Liberal strategist realizing another failed political stunt?
  • Conservatives show leadership in walking out from United Speeches by Iranian President. 
  • Liberal Party caught playing gotcha politics attacking the Prime Minister in welcoming the return of Iconic Tim Hortons Head Office back to Canada.

Talk to Liberals – office holders, party organizers, fundraisers – around the country and you will tap into a malaise that a good pollster could rout out with a single question: “What's happening?” “Nothin',” the vast majority would respond, with a margin of error of plus or minus very little.

There is no Liberal Party,” says one lifelong card carrier who has sat at cabinet tables.
“It died a long time ago. It's not completely extinct yet, but there's no there there.” In this lifelong Liberal's eyes, the party has been stalled for years. No new energy, no new ideas, no vision of what it might like to do. The singular advantage of proroguing, this Liberal would say, is that it has put an end to the squirming every time the opposition pounces.
The ‘gotcha' stuff is out of control,” says the Liberal. “They bring in all these nerdy keener kids from campus and it's some kind of game to them. They're turning politics into pro wrestling.” The media concentrates on the top, Ignatieff, and on the Hill, but disenchanted Liberals say there is a story to be told far from the now-silenced sound bites of the Centre Block - G M

The Conservatives took in $4.1 million in donations between April 1 and the end of June, compared to $2.4 million for the Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois combined. For the Conservatives it is their best second quarter result since coming to power in 2006, despite months of negative headlines about deficits, Guergis and the G20. The Liberals raised a total of $1.6 million, down from last year's total of $4 million when they actually out-tallied the Conservatives on fundraising.- Media Coalition Efforts Fail To Dent Conservative Agenda
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