Following last year’s events surrounding User Based Billing and the involvement of the Federal Government, telecoms, the buying public and of course the CRTC, the Online Party of Canada is calling for a public inquiry into the activity and staffing of CRTC stating that:
(1) Under their policies Canada ranks embarrassingly low in terms of quality and outrageously high in terms of prices of Internet, phone and television services compared to many third-world countries.
(2) CRTC staff (many former Bell or Rogers employees) are enmeshed with the large telecom corporations and industry lobby groups hence their decisions protect the market share and profitability of the Telecomm giants.
(3) The relaxed regulations have allowed telecomm companies to grow into dangerously big and diversified (Internet, television, radio, printed) media behemoths. The end result is that lately they make or break political campaigns at will as we’ve seen during last year’s elections.
Michael Nicula, the party’s founder has stated that “Since the current political establishment is not helping and major media is owned by the telecomm giants, OPC is calling on Canadians to take political action via Internet by commenting, voting and sharing the many telecomm-related issues on our website – the only way of fighting the system effectively”.
The Online Party of Canada is a new federal political party pending registration, offering a modern, direct-democracy political alternative. The Party promotes continuous ‘referendum-like’ online voting based on issues, not parties, platforms or individuals. Our elected officials are legally bound to act based on the majority vote on every issue – the first and only political party that enforces accountability.