The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The legal/regulatory session of the Celebrating 10 Years of Telecom Competition in Canada conference in Toronto took on a classical approach for a few minutes. Chris Peirce, AT&T Canada Corp.’s senior VP of regulatory & government affairs, had many in the crowd feeling they were back in high school Latin class, as he used several aphorisms to elucidate his presentation.  First up was culpa tenet suos auctores (misconduct should bind its own authors). The new entrants have made mistakes, Peirce conceded, (such as flat rate pricing for LD and paying too much for acquisitions) but so have the ILECs and the CRTC. Causa causae est causa causati (the cause of the cause is the cause of the thing caused) may sound like circular reasoning. But the explanation states that the competitors followed the only business model available to them after LD was opened up. Rate re-balancing, LD and private line forbearance and frozen contribution propagated that damage. After a decade, no CLEC has turned a profit while ILECs have improved their financial situation from what it was under the monopoly circumstances, the AT&T Canada executive asserted. Thus, res ipsa loquitur (the thing speaks for itself). The contribution regime took three years to be remedied; loop service charges were lowered after four years with no retroactive component. Direct connect service charges have been reduced twice, again with no retroactivity. Justitia debet esse celeris, quia dilatio est quaedam negatio (justice ought to be speedy because delay is a kind of denial), Peirce offered. Supremus est quem nemo sequitur (he is last whom no one follows). "Rather than celebrate, I think most competitors would hope that this maxim will not apply to their pursuit of competition," he opined. Those of us in the audience who have seen the number of competitors winnow in recent years are probably glad Peirce didn’t end his talk with the exhortation morituri te salutamus (we who about to die salute you).