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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.'”


 

BTC: Say anything

  1. Aaron, that’s nothing compared to Harper’s “we will never cut and run” to “we will leave by 2011.”

  2. If they want to change their mind and promise this during an election and follow through on it, what exactly is the problem with this? Are parties never allowed to change their position on anything?

    And if they do, what more responsible way to do it than put it in an election platform and run on it? Much better than the way they handled income trusts…

  3. Follow through on it? You mean like he followed through on obeying his own 4-year term legislation?

    Save it, john g.

  4. Agreeing with john g here. If they are going to change their policy, this is the best way to do it.

    Of course, the problem is, who trusts anything a Harper conservative says these days?

  5. With the caveat of course that if he promises it and doesn’t do it, I’ll be the first to agree with Aaron & boudica

  6. “‘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.”

    Is Harper purposely trying to alienate his base? The word ‘but’ should never appear after “We are a party that believes in free enterprise, free markets and free trade”. I think Harper is taking lessons from McCain in how to infuriate your base in three easy steps!

    And I look forward to your next Say Anything post, Aaron, when you point out how Dion’s claiming to be a nationalist in french and a strong central government fan in english.

  7. jwl:

    Isn’t Dion referring to Harper’s Quebecois Nation (snarc)?

  8. So here we go, the man is for regulation after he’s against regulation. Our economic fundamentals were sound last week but are problematic this week.

    What is this–another “Mr. Dithers” or simple a “Not a leader”?

    And I know all you Harper supporters are going to try to spin this–can’t wait. A logical fallacy fair complete with a gang of midway barkers in scary clown costumes.

    It was BS at the fair and it’s BS now.

  9. Harper is Mr. Two-face. Who will be able to outsmart this so-called evil-genius and protect Canada from his blight? Tune in next week…

    Dion is a firm believer in the right to self-determination. His argument to Quebec was not that they do not have the right to separate, but they would be imbeciles to do so, given the role that francophones have had in the creation of the Canada that is recognized and respected the world over (well except for the past 2.5 years).

    Hard to think beyond binary, eh jwl? Funny thing that…funny thing that the world is actually complex and goes against this “with us or against us” mentality.

    Austin

  10. So Harper is all for free-market capitalism, but he wants to bring in new regulations. What an oxymoron!

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