Bill C-37, the do-not-call bill, is now law in Canada. Much to seemingly everyone' s surprise, the Senate put the bill on the fast track last week and granted it the necessary approvals. Supreme Court Justice Michel Bastarache gave it royal assent late on Friday, minutes before the Senate adjourned. While the Liberals will likely point to the do-not-call legislation as a noteworthy accomplishment, I would argue that it is more realistically an example of how it ultimately caved to a wide range of lobbying interests, leaving behind a statute that will do little to address the problem of annoying telemarketing calls.
The law itself will take effect only once a date is set by the Governor in Council. The statute also includes a mandatory review three years after it comes into force.