Big Telecom Lobbied Trudeau Government 577 Times In Past Year, TekSavvy Says

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Federal government officials met with lobbyists for Canada’s big telecom firms “an average of twice every business day” over the past year, independent internet provider TekSavvy says. The Chatham, Ont.-based company argued in a blog post this week that Canada is on the verge of “regulatory capture” in its telecom industry ― a situation where regulators “come to be dominated by the industries or interests they are charged with regulating.” TekSavvy analyzed entries in the federal lobbyist registry in the 12 months prior to February 2021, and found 577 meetings between officials and the three big telcos ― Bell, Rogers and Telus ― as well as three regional players ― Shaw, Quebecor and Cogeco ― and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association.