Canadian Government’s Decision On Wind Mobile Overturned… That Sucks
In a stunning turn of events, the much welcomed decision by the Canadian Government to reverse the decision to keep Wind Mobile out of the Canadian marketplace that was made by the CRTC, has been overturned by a federal Court:
On Friday, Federal Court Justice Roger Hughes found Ottawa’s move was based on “errors of law” and ruled it null and void. He also ordered a 45-day stay in the ruling, meaning the company has time to appeal and continue to operate in the interim.
Industry Minister Tony Clement said the government is studying the ruling and examining its options. “Our [government] stands with consumers who want more competition,” he said in a tweet.
Later, Clement commented on the decision in an interview to air Saturday on CBC Radio’s The House.
“I’ll be studying the decision and reviewing our options, but … our government still believes very strongly that we should be on the side of consumers, and what consumers want is more choice,” Clement told host Kathleen Petty.
Clement said the case came down to the fact the wireless auction that Globalive bid on was for Canadian companies only, and the CRTC had decided it had too much foreign ownership due to its Egyptian investment. The cabinet overturned the CRTC, and the federal court struck down the cabinet’s decision Friday.
“Globalive, cabinet decided, was Canadian enough to participate in the auction. And so that’s the decision we have to, in terms of the Federal Court decision, have to decide whether to appeal their judgment that we were wrong in that regard.”