Do-not-call Maxime Bernier at (613) 995-9001

April 24 2007 by Ellen Roseman

Where is Canada’s do-not-call list to protect consumers from telemarketers? The CRTC asked for public input more than a year ago, but has produced nothing yet.

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre urges everyone to call the federal Industry Minister, Maxime Bernier, to demand a national do-not-call list. (The minister’s email address is bernier.maxime@ic.gc.ca.)

At minimum, the government should give the CRTC the seed money it needs to set up a mechanism to protect consumers from unsolicited phone calls. “If there’s the political will to do it, then the money will be there,” says PIAC executive director Michael Janigan.

Says the Edmonton Journal’s Mike Sadava:

The United States, which is not exactly unfriendly to capitalism, has had a do-not-call registry for four years and a staggering 100 million people have signed onto it. Telemarketers are responsible for checking the list and they can be fined up to $11,000 per call to people on the no-call list.

1 comment

  1. GoAway

    Apr 26 2007

    Well, most reputable companies will take your request to be added to a “do not call” list.

    Companies that are part of the Canadian Marketing Association are “apparently” bound to this term as well.

    I just cancelled Bell for Videotron. I will now contact both entities to be added to the “Do Not call” list. Bell maintains one, and Bell is also part of the CMA (http://www.the-cma.org/ ).

    I don’t want calls from telemarketers with lies and more lies. So I know this should get rid of the Bell telemarketers (I hope). I don’t want the same annoying calls as a poster said he gets in a previous post.

    But yes, I doubt very much that the five calls a week I get for lawn-care services or window installations or roofing repairs are controlled by the CMA.

    It’s about time they get off their hiney and do some regulating.