Mes dames et messieurs je m'appelle Dennis Dayman. I am the Secretary-treasurer of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email, CAUCE, a group representing computer-users in Canada, and the rest of North America. CAUCE thanks you for the opportunity to speak to Bill C-27, The Electronic Commerce Protection Act.
As you can probably tell from my accent, je ne suis pas Canadien, je
suis un Americain, et je regrette que je ne parle pas français.
So why is an American here today addressing this esteemed committee?
Well, reflecting the way in that spam is a pan-global problem, some
years ago, CAUCE Canada merged with their American counterparts to
better serve our constituents. Spam respects no borders, and to best
represent computer users on both sides of our mutual border, we decided
to mount a coherent CAN-AM front against the blight of Spam 2.0
Canada's proposed anti-spam law is up for discussion. The main information page is here. CAUCE will present to the Industry, Science & Technology committee (INDU) today in favour of the bill. The proceedings will be webcast. Our presentation and a Q&A Sheet will be made available at 15:30 eastern, today
The Canadian Marketing Association applauded the bill. "This is important news for legitimate marketers and good news for consumers," said the CMA's president and CEO, John Gustavson, in a statement. "Through rigorous enforcement and the backing of the federal government, we will now have a law that will help combat what has been an ongoing problem for legitimate companies that use the Internet to grow their business."
"I sense that there's broad support for this legislation amongst all parties in the House," Michael Chong, the chair of the Industry, Science and Technology committee
Chong's optimism that the bill can be dealt with relatively quickly was
echoed by the Liberal's Industry critic, who said some wording only
needs to be "tightened up," and by the head of an association
representing independent Internet providers, who said his group has no
The task force included Tom Copeland, who heads the Canadian
Association of Internet Providers, which represents independent ISPs,
and Suzanne Morin, assistant general counsel for Bell Canada. Although
it has been disbanded, an Industry Canada official briefed task force
members on May 19 on the fine points of the proposed bill. "By and
large there really weren't any significant concerns," recalled Copeland
in an interview.
CAUCE North America Inc.--The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (http://CAUCE.org)--Today announced at The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group meeting (MAAWG) that it has received additional financial support from Return Path Inc.