I’m sure the Montreal Auto Show will be livelier this weekend, but without any motorheads around, it sure felt a lot like a museum on the morning of Jan. 16, the day before the annual event’s official opening.
The only loud noises came from periodic unveilings of various 2020 models. The crowd was small and consisted of people paid to be there. They gathered around exhibit spaces that were tightly packed with vehicles that fewer and fewer people appear willing to buy, the heirs of artifacts from the debt-fuelled boom in automobile sales that peaked a couple of years ago.
It left me wondering whether the reign of the car in Canada’s economy is over. I don’t know the answer, but since the North American Free Trade Agreement was just rewritten for the sake of the Detroit-based automakers and their unions, it seems a question that should be raised from time to time.
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