David Olive of the Toronto Star asks the self evident question of the day in today’s paper: “A nation of sellouts?”
David needs to read:
Where is Parliament on the rape and pillage of Canada's largest telecommunications company: BCE?
Since, meanwhile his boss, Rob Prichard , CEO of Torstar is writing to the CRTC (read here) in support of the leveraged buyout of BCE, arguing the sellout in these terms:
“I write to extend the support of Torstar Corporation to BCE Inc.’s application for a change in ownership and control......We are also investment partners with Ontario Teachers’ in CTVGlobemedia. I am a member of that Board of Directors, on which Jim Leech, CEO of Teachers’ is also a member. I have seen him demonstrate as a major investor Teachers’ appreciation for the needs of consumers.”
I guess that means the 240 basis point increase in the cost of BCE’s capital won’t lead to increased monthly phone bills the way the Industry Committee would have us believe:
“A higher cost of capital slows the rate of capital investment and, in turn, the roll out of competitive services
A cost of capital differential of approximately 1.18% exists between Canada’s incumbent telephone carriers and Canadian cable companies. This incremental cost equates to about $1.46 per month per cable subscriber.”
Meanwhile the same journalist, David Olive of Toronto Star wrote an opinion piece in September 2007 entitled: Income Trusts 2.0, an unwanted sequel:
Doesn’t David Olive understand finance? The LBO of BCE is that very Income Trusts 2.0, an unwanted sequel, except in this case the tax leakage is for real and not just a fraudulent argument being advanced by Mark Carney
Perhaps David should bone up on this article from the Financial Post, before he next puts pen to paper:
Flaherty's tax conundrum: BCE Privatization could cost him $800-million
I think the nation of sell outs are the journalists at the Star, to wit:
Will the Toronto Star ever find its inner Woodward/Bernstein?
Meanwhile, read about the Star’s complete exercise in non-culpable hypocrisy:
A nation of sellouts?
What hope is there for Canada to be anything but a second-tier, resource-dependent player on the global stage if every time a corporation approaches critical mass, it gets sold off to a foreign buyer?
Feb 24, 2008 04:30 Am
Sunday, February 24, 2008
A nation of sellouts? I think David Olive needs to speak with his boss and take a look in the mirror
Posted by Fillibluster at 2:17 PM