The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Bill C-11, copyright legislation that would prevent Internet and other companies from retransmitting over-the-air television signals online, has been given the green light by none other than our sovereign monarch Queen Elizabeth II in the name of the people of Canada. At this point, it is the democratic will of the citizenry that companies such as JumpTV be denied the protection of the same compulsory licence afforded to satellite TV and cable companies. At least that’s the theory. So why isn’t the law in effect? In fact, why is there no hint whatsoever from those charged with carrying out the law of the land as to when the bill might come into force? It’s disturbing, if not necessarily unexpected from this government. When the ink dried on the Queen’s representative’s signature, that should have been an end to the debate. Instead, the will of Parliamentarians is being thwarted at Cabinet as the bill languishes in limbo. Without any kind of communication from Ottawa, we can only assume that powerful industry forces have been successful in keeping Industry Canada onside to push for the right of some companies to continue Internet retransmission experiments. Support those experiments or no, that the debate can continue when legislation has passed is unacceptable. Sheila Copps, the most clearly identifiable of the anti-compulsory-licence advocates and broadcast industry supporters, is failing her constituency with her inability to push the legislation into law. It doesn’t bode well for her leadership aspirations that she’s unable to bring into effect a law that’s already been signed, sealed and delivered. Bill C-11 was intended to bring order and certainty to the broadcast industry, but all we see on the ground is a veil of secrecy and disorder. Were we in the midst of initial consultations or negotiations, that would be understandable, if not particularly palatable. But when laws are passed, it is immoral not to enforce them, or at least give industry some passing idea of when Cabinet will follow the mandate delivered it by our elected officials.