What does a Conservative government mean for web & technology?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper finally won a majority government on Monday May 2. We all he wants to keep taxes low and create jobs – but what does the new government plan to do for the web and technology in Canada?
Well, he’s back – and so is his government. According to reports, he’ll probably retain his post as industry minister, meaning there’s a very good chance the government might stick to several initiatives they had started before we were put through the fourth election in seven years.
In any case, it’s likely we won’t see an iPod tax after the Conservatives made a website mocking the Liberals for being in favour of one in the first place.
We may see more foreign competitors enter the telecom industry – Wind Mobile was backed by an Egyptian company and it made its entrance into the Canadian market after the government overturned a CRTC ruling that Wind wasn’t Canadian enough.
When it comes to UBB, it would appear the Conservatives were concerned with the issue. Or perhaps they were more concerned with winning your vote.
Fellow Geektown.ca blogger Danny wrote about the CRTC’s unpopular decision on bandwidth caps, and how it caught the attention of Harper, prompting a review by the CRTC. Now that the Tories have a majority government and won’t have to fear losing votes for another four years, they could relent.
Digital law expert Michael Geist has delved into some of the other tech issues fairly well, including copyright and net neutrality. He wrote that there was a pretty good privacy bill on the table, but it has some issues dealing with civil liberties.
Maybe the new government will work to make it legal to tweet election results – enough Canadians broke the law on May 2.
What do you think about the government’s stance on digital issues? Were you happy with the election?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets