Government issues another blow to competition

An article from the Canadian Association of VoIP Providers includes:

One is left to wonder how the government can rationalize its policies as being "good for the consumer" while incumbents are exclaiming "we got everything we asked for" on Report on Business TV. Why does Industry Minister Maxime Bernier, having no experience in telecom policy and with zero telecommunications experience, feel he is better qualified to make policy than CRTC staff, board members and industry participants who have decades of experience?

Bernier often claims he wants to leave decisions to market forces, failing to realize that where existing monopolies or excessively strong incumbents exist that "market forces" will fail to achieve public policy goals. The government needs to first clean up existing (government created) monopolies in the telecom sector and allow for fair competition before considering the level of deregulation that Bernier blindly advocates.