John Tory as Rogers’s rab­bit


Re John Tory Doesn’t Seem To Get What A Con­flict Of In­ter­est Is, by Jonathan Goldsbie ( NOW, Fe­bru­ary 5).

Tory ap­par­ently thinks his let­ter to the fed­eral cab­i­net sup­port­ing Bell’s bid to sti­fle com­pe­ti­tion for its next- gen­er­a­tion high- speed in­ter­net ser­vice can be jus­ti­fied on the grounds that he’s a “free-en­ter priser” whose “stance on the is­sue was a sin­cere mat­ter of prin­ci­ple to him.” This line sounds as if it might have been taken right from the Mu­nic­i­pal Con­flict Of In­ter­est Act it­self. A clas­sic law-yer­s­peak spin job.

Tory the “free- en­ter­priser” might want to know that Mer­riam-Web­ster de­fines free en­ter­prise as “free dom of pri­vate busi­ness to or­ga­nize and op­er­ate for profit in a com­pet­i­tive sys­tem with­out in­ter­fer­ence by govern­ment be­yond regulation neces sary to pro­tect pub­lic in­ter­est and keep the na­tional econ­omy in bal ance.”

That’s all the CRTC is do­ing with its de­ci­sion. End of story. Roger( s) dodger, over and out. Robert McBride


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