Subject: Fw: Canadian
This is awful
government trying to atke over again Doreen
Subject: Canadian Email
Canadian Email Charge
Please read the following carefully if you intend to stay
continue using email:
The last few months
have revealed an alarming trend in the Government of Canada
attempting to quietly push through legislation that will affect
your use of the Internet.
Under proposed legislation
Canada Post will be attempting to bill email users out of
"alternate postage fees".
Bill 602P will permit the Federal
Govt to charge a 5 cent surcharge on every email delivered, by
billing Internet Service Providers at source. The consumer would
then be billed in turn by the ISP.
Toronto lawyer Richard
Stepp QC is working to prevent this legislation from becoming
The Canada Post Corporation is claiming that lost
revenue due to the proliferation of email is costing nearly
$23,000,000 in revenue per year. You may have noticed Canada
Post's recent ad campaign "There is nothing like a letter". Since
the average citizen received about 10 pieces of email per day in
1998, the cost to the typical individual would be an additional 50
cents per day, or over $180 dollars per year, above and beyond
their regular Internet costs.
Note that this would be
money paid directly to
Canada Post for a service they do not
The whole point of the Internet is democracy
non-interference. If the Canadian Government is
permitted to tamper with our liberties by adding a
surcharge to email, who knows where it will end.
already paying an exhorbitant price for
snail mail because of
It currently takes up to 6 days
for a letter to be delivered from
Mississauga to Scarborough.
If Canada Post Corporation is allowed to tinker with email, it
will mark the end of the "free" Internet in Canada. One
back-bencher, Liberal Tony Schnell (NB) has even suggested a
"twenty to forty dollar per month surcharge on all Internet
service" above and beyond the government's proposed email charges.
Note that most of the major newspapers have ignored the
the only exception being the Toronto Star that called
the idea of email surcharge "a useful concept who's time has come"
(March 6th 1999 Editorial) Don't sit by and watch your
freedoms erode away!
Send this email to all Canadians
on your list and tell your friends
and relatives to write to
their MP and say "No!" to Bill 602P.