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posted 27 March 2006 11:05 PM      Profile for Aristotleded24   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Is on the Conservative agenda, according to Charlie Angus and Brian Masse:

A document obtained by the NDP shows the Conservatives are pushing ahead with plans to strip foreign ownership limitations on broadcast and telecom. Such moves would break Industry Minister Maxime Bernier’s promise to “take weeks and months to consider all recommendations” before considering deregulation.

The document will be tabled as Canada’s official position at General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS) discussions opening in Geneva today. It commits Canada to strip foreign ownership limitations in telecom — with profound implications for telephone, cable and ultimately broadcast services. This position also runs counter to present Canadian law.

I have no problem believing this, but I would like to know more about this document, so I have the option to see what's happening myself.

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posted 27 March 2006 11:21 PM      Profile for siren     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This was in the news very recently.


Panel urges Ottawa to ease telecom deregulation
Updated Wed. Mar. 22 2006 11:21 PM ET

David Akin, CTV News


The panel, which included Sinclair as well as lawyer Hank Intven and former Microcell Communications CEO Andre Tremblay, drew up 127 recommendations, including:

A call to limit the use of government regulation only to instances where market forces are unlikely to achieve public policy goals.

The establishment of a new Telecommunications Competition Tribunal, jointly administered by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the federal Competition Bureau.

The establishment of a Telecommunications Consumer Agency, to handle consumer complaints.

All telecommunications companies in Canada would be required to be a member of this agency.
A call to clarify the roles of agencies like Industry Canada and the CRTC and to streamline the approvals process for those agencies.
The panel, convened last year by then-industry minister David Emerson, published a 400-page report today which Bernier promised to review.

On the question of foreign ownership, the panel urges the federal government to "liberalize" restrictions for telecommunications carriers. Under existing rules, foreign owners are effectively capped at about 47 per cent ownership of any Canadian carrier such as Telus Corp. or Bell Canada.

The article notes the Harper government is likely to want to stick only to the 5 principles on which it wants to govern. Otherwise known as the "don't try to walk and chew bubble gum at the same time" government.

Though I'd be happy to see the Harpercrites keep their hands off this file. Deregulation, so yuuuuummy to neo-cons.

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posted 28 March 2006 02:06 AM      Profile for simonvallee   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
With Maxime Bernier as the minister responsible for the issue, don't get your hopes up, he'll never let go. He was a member of the "market fundie" think tank called the "Institut Économique de Montréal" which used to say things like "a flat tax is more fair"(which Bernier actually wrote IIRC), that "the environment is degrading because of the environmental regulations that mess with the market forces", that "postsecondary education was lowest in Québec where tuition fees are lowest, so it means that tuition fees have no incidence on individuals being able to get an education" (wrong on many level: 1-they didn't consider the CÉGEPs 2-maybe overall enrolling isn't affected, but the individuals who do enroll do change, etc...), etc, etc...

In other words, take the Fraser Institute, change its name and move it to Montréal and you got the IÉDM. And that dogmatic, ultra-liberal, "the-Market-can-do-no-wrong", member of a false charity, lobbyist is he who takes the decision in Ottawa right now. And he was elected by one of the most impotant majorities in Québec in the riding of Beauce... mostly because of his daddy.

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posted 28 March 2006 10:07 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
And with the sale of Newbridge Networks to French telecom giant, Alcatel, in 2000, ownership of a what was a Canadian flagship for high technology is already in foreign control. With unprecedented foreign ownership of the Canadian economy, less money will be invested into research and development in this country. But we are seeing many billions of dollars leave Canada and invested in the U.S and elsewhere. No other industrialized economy has allowed its economy to be as foreign-owned and controlled as Canada's since the 1980's. And we're not any more economically competitive as a result.
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