YQTYYZ --one would think that RJ orders would soon rise
Well if they had money to spend, and no scope-clause restrictions yeah I'd think so too, but even without those two big "ifs", would still take a while to supply the new planes, especially the bigger ones, only one of which (CRJ700) is actually shipping at this point (excluding the Avros, that is).
It does seem to me that the Canadian domestic market would be tailor-made for RJ service on the lighter and off-peak medium-density runs. But the corporate and labour agreement structures have yet to adapt to the new product on the market, particularly when RJ families enter in.
So I'm guessing maybe five years from now, before 70, 90, and of course 50-seaters, get fully integrated into the (likely regional) Canadian carrier scene. Even though as you point out, even with 1500 or 1600nm stage lengths it`s already 2/3 of the way across the continent, really going beyond most older concepts of the word 'regional'.