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 email@example.com.)
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.