Air Transat has launched an airlift to get all its travellers out of the Dominican Republic ahead of the arrival of hurricane Irma. The Montreal-based airline said late yesterday it was sending 10 aircraft to the Caribbean nation — All aircraft is expected to arrive in the Dominican Republic sometime this morning and passengers should be back in Canada by this afternoon or early evening. The holiday travel airline did not say how many of its travellers would board the flights back to Canada.
Officials in the island chain south of the Florida mainland are expected to announce evacuations as Hurricane Irma moves through the Caribbean toward the state. Officials in the Florida Keys expect to announce a mandatory evacuation for visitors starting today and for residents starting tomorrow. The Category 5 hurricane is expected to reach Florida by the weekend — it has already made landfall in the islands of thenortheast Caribbean.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau says small business owners have an unfair advantage that could create two classes of Canadians for tax rates and retirement income. Morneau is defending his planned income-tax reforms, saying the current system allows business owners who incorporate their companies to pay lower taxes while a second class of citizens ends up with a higher tax bill.