McCarthy Tétrault Lawyers Publish a Model Act to Implement Telecom Sector Reform

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Hank Intven, Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP,
today announced the publication of a Model Telecommunications Act containing
detailed legislative provisions that could be used to implement key
recommendations of the March 2006 report of the Telecommunications Policy
Review Panel (the "TPR Report"). The Model Act was prepared by Mr. Intven, who
was a member of the Panel, and Mary Dawson, former Associate Deputy Minister
of Justice.
    The TPR Report called for major reforms of the policy and regulatory
framework for the Canadian telecommunications industry. Since release of the
report, the Government of Canada has moved quickly to implement many of its
recommendations, particularly those aimed at deregulation of the
telecommunications industry and which the Panel has described as urgent.
However, the report ultimately called for a comprehensive set of reforms,
including new legislation, creation of new competition and consumer watchdog
agencies, and clear guidelines for when regulators should, and should not,
intervene in telecom markets.
    "Our purpose in preparing and publishing a Model Act was simply to give
the Government, Parliament and other industry stakeholders, including consumer
groups, some clear ideas on how one might start the difficult job of drafting
new, comprehensive telecom legisation to implement the TPR Report," said Mr.
Intven. "Having participated in the six-year process to prepare, debate and
pass the 1993 Telecommunications Act, we recognize that preparing
telecommunications legislation is no easy task. We thought it would be useful
to put some ideas into play on how to write the specific legislative
provisions that the Government and Parliament might consider moving ahead
    Mr. Intven and Ms. Dawson have substantial experience with
telecommunications and legislative drafting. In addition to being a member of
the three-person panel that wrote the TPR Report, Mr. Intven was also the main
outside advisor to the Government of Canada on the drafting of the 1993
Telecommunications Act and is a former Executive Director of
Telecommunications with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC). Ms. Dawson has spent over 30 years working on and
supervising legislative drafting with the Department of Justice. She has
personally drafted a substantial part of Canada's current legislative
framework, including the 1982 Constitution Act and more than 30 other federal
statutes. For many years, she has been one of the Government of Canada's
senior advisors on constitutional and legislative matters.
    The Model Act is intended to provide the Government, Parliamentarians,
officials and other stakeholders in telecommunications policy with practical
suggestions on how the various recommendations of the TPR Report could be
transformed into legislation. "We hope the provisions will further stimulate
the debate and sustain the momentum behing implementing the recommendations of
the TPR Report," said Mr. Intven. "The main goal is to ensure that the
provisions of the TPR Report on which the Government has not already acted
will be seriously considered, and not just left on the shelf as part of a
report that is complex to implement and not 'politically sexy.'"

    About McCarthy Tétrault

    With close to 700 lawyers practising in Canada's major financial centres,
as well as London, U.K., McCarthy Tétrault delivers integrated business law,
litigation, tax law, real property law, and labour and employment law services
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For further information: Copies of the publication, A Model Act to
Implement the Regulatory Recommendations of the Telecommunications Policy
Review Report, ISBN 978-0-9735148-5-8, are available upon request. To request
a copy, to obtain more information, or to speak to a McCarthy Tétrault
spokesperson, please contact Amanda Burgess, Communications Specialist; (416)
601-8988, or

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