BTC: Say anything

Industry Minister Jim Prentice, August 8. “I also stated that in the current deregulated telecommunications market, our government has no intention of interfering with the day-to-day business decisions of private companies or with the choices available to consumers. In my meetings with Bell Mobility and TELUS, I was assured that customers charged for spam could contact their service provider to have the charges removed from their bills.”

The Conservative campaign, moments ago. “The Prime Minister said that with a new mandate, the Conservative Government will introduce a consumer protection plan containing the following elements … A ban on fees charged by telecom companies for unsolicited commercial text messages … ‘We are a party that believes in free enterprise, free markets and free trade,’ said the Prime Minister. ‘These things form the cornerstone of our prosperity. But we also believe a government needs to know when to draw the line.  And we draw the line when the rights and interests of Canadian consumers need protection.'”

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