BCE Inc has been talking "convergence" more than any other Canadian company of late. All of these presentations have focused on BCE’s approach to convergence across its various companies – with Jean Monty’s May 14 speech being the exception. In his address at last week’s Speakers Forum in Toronto, BCE’s chair/CEO added a new dimension to the company’s convergence rant with a challenge to government to develop a new policy framework that will help corporate giants like BCE continue to grow domestically and compete internationally. An excerpt from Monty’s presentation appears as follows:  The challenge is how to build a made-in-Canada convergence model. A model which takes into account our ambitions for increasing prosperity, our leadership in communications and our values. I believe we must aspire to our place in the global movement of convergence — by bringing Canadians to the world, and the world to Canadians.  It is a vision that builds on our track record of success. A vision that sees a ‘middle power’ like Canada mobilizing its strengths to compete and win on a wider stage.  In this age of massively powerful, global players, we need to encourage Canadian companies to build and lead a made-in-Canada convergence model….  The public policy challenge  Canada’s success in building international leadership in communications has required companies with vision and strategy to rise to the occasion. It has also required governments to create the right framework for companies to do so, such as Canada’s leading legislative framework for e-commerce. That balance will also be the cornerstone for the success of our made-in-Canada convergence model.  To strike that balance, I suggest we ask ourselves two questions. First, how can we maintain our leadership in communications to reap the enormous benefits of convergence and the Internet?  And second, if leadership is our goal, then how do we enable Canadian companies with the requisite scale and strength, to take on the world and compete in a landscape of global giants?  I admit these are complex questions, but our answers will influence not only our global competitiveness but also the maintenance of a vibrant, innovative and connected economy and the strength of the Canadian voice on the world stage.  If we are to succeed, then we need the right conditions. Above all, we need a fair, transparent and forward-looking framework in both policy and regulation. A framework that promotes innovation encourages risk-taking and rewards success. A framework that recognizes two central realities of the Internet era: the rapidity of change and the impact of global competition.  We need new responses to new challenges. We need to stimulate competition without stifling individual players. In fact, we need to allow customers and markets to determine who will be the winners. Admittedly, we also need to strike a balance between internationally competitive pricing of services and the need to attract capital and generate resources to support investments. In other words, we need to strike a balance between prices that are low enough to meet social policies, yet sufficient to generate appropriate returns...  Convergence represents a series of fundamental changes in communications that are global and transformative. The fact that BCE now derives only half of its revenues from traditional voice communication services and the other half from e-commerce, media, wireless, satellite television and data services is surely a mark of that transformation. And over the coming years, the balance will shift in favour of this second sector of our activities…  To me, these shining possibilities — and our ability to make them happen — make convergence not just a business model, not just an important object of public policy — but a Canadian imperative.