Nothing has been more vital to the functioning of Canada’s economy during the COVID-19 pandemic than the Internet. Yet recent appointments to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) reveal a government oblivious to its necessity.
Nirmala Naidoo, for Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and Ellen Desmond, for the Atlantic and Nunavut, were added to the CRTC as regional commissioners.
Both have qualifications for the position – one as a former broadcaster and the other as a utilities regulator.
However, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now appointed a slate of commissioners stunningly short of experience in the $52-billion telecom industry. And that’s an industry upon which virtually every enterprise in Canada depends and which has allowed millions to work from home.