The lack of progress on the Canadian digital economy strategy has been
a source of frustration for many as the still-unreleased strategy has
been largely missing in action. Late last year I dubbed
the government's Penske File, a reference to the Seinfeld episode
involving a non-existent work project. While Canada is still without a
comprehensive strategy, elements have begun to emerge in recent weeks.
On the legislative and policy front, Bill C-11 has passed the
committee stage and seems likely to race toward royal assent by the
summer, last week's unveiling of the telecom policy
(including policies on the forthcoming spectrum auction and foreign
ownership) puts to rest a major issue associated with the digital
economy strategy, the CRTC recently published
its final anti-spam regulations with Industry Canada expected to follow
with theirs shortly, the open
government initiative has been making considerable progress, and
Government House Leader Peter Van Loan told
the House of Commons on Thursday that Bill C-12 (the PIPEDA reform
bill) may finally move forward next week.
Industry Minister Christian Paradis yesterday took another positive
step by convening a federal
- provincial ministerial meeting
on the digital economy.
TagsShareTuesday March 20, 2012