July 31, 2008


U cant b serious

If there's anything dumber than having to pay for incoming text messages, it's the government trying to regulate the issue:
In the wake of growing consumer frustration over Canadian cellphone prices, the government is issuing veiled warnings to providers that increased regulation of the industry may be on the way.

Industry Minister Jim Prentice, who earlier this month criticized Bell Canada Inc. and Telus Corp. for proposing to charge customers for incoming text messages, told reporters after a caucus meeting Thursday that cellphone providers are walking a fine line.

"We don't have a heavy regulatory burden on the cellular industry," he said. "That's something that we have tried to maintain in Canada. At the end of the day, consumers do need to be protected. I've made these points publicly and privately with [Bell CEO] Mr. Cope as well."

Yes, because free texts are a basic human right which the government needs to step in to protect. (Don't laugh, I'm sure it'll get read into the Charter eventually...)

Why, oh why, did Maxime Bernier have to get shuffled out of Industry?

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August 15, 2007


Shuffle thoughts

Yay! Diane Ablonczy finally gets in.

Maxime Bernier to Foreign Affairs: I realize this is considered a promotion, but it seems like a waste to put a strong fiscal conservative in a non-economic role. I would rather he continued to beat down the regulationist hordes in Industry, and have Prentice go straight from Indian to Foreign.

On that note, does anyone have any thoughts on what Prentice will do with his new job? Is he a free marketeer like Bernier, or a meddling interventionist? The pundits tend to refer to him as a "Red Tory", but that seems to be an ignorant extension of his support for same-sex marriage. My pre-merger perception of him was that he was largely on the Blue Tory side. (Note to MSM and bloggers alike: Blue Tory vs. Red Tory is a matter of economic policies, not social ones.)

By all accounts, Prentice did a good job handling the difficult Indian Affairs file; here's hoping Chuck Strahl can do the same. (And furthermore, that Gerry Ritz continues to fight against the statist monstrosity that is the monopsonist Wheat Board.)

Oh, and I see that Dion is being his usual self:
He specifically expressed concern about the prime minister putting Bernier in the role of foreign affairs.

"He has appointed a foreign affairs minister, Minister Bernier, who is very right-wing, very close to the U.S. Republican approach about the economy, so I cannot say that I am satisfied with the changes I have seen today," Dion said.
For starters, Bush has run an administration heavily into subsidies and government intervention, the exact opposite of what Bernier is known for...

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