The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. It is obvious that the public is enthusiastic about establishing a national Do Not Call list. Canadians see how eagerly Americans have flocked to their version of the roster and want to see it duplicated. Many probably do not even know that the proposals put forth by the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) are much tougher and consumer-friendly than those of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) in the U.S.   The CRTC proceeding into telemarketing has been going on for more than two years now. The matter appears to be bogged down in questions of funding and of jurisdiction. Perhaps someone ought to put the commission on a Do Not Stall list. As our lead story points out, politicians in Ontario are discussing the creation of a provincial Do Not Call list, hoping that a national system can be cobbled together with the other provinces. Those of us who have become jaded over the years realize that Ontario is only weeks away from an election and politicos love nothing more than to intrude on federal territory, if only to distract the populace from real or imagined failings at the provincial level. Besides, there is no guarantee that each province would adopt legislation similar to the proposed Ontario bill. Having to adjust to 13 little fiefdoms would drive most firms that use telemarketing around the bend. That will only get worse if the restrictions are expanded to include spam email. Consider the American experience. The DMA defines spam only as email that is fraudulent, ignoring annoying messages for legal products. That handles the Nigerian scam but does not take into account the mortgage brokers, sex sites and endowment enhancers that pollute the Internet. Luckily the CMA disagrees with its southern counterpart, contending that any unwanted email is spam. The will exists for a Do Not Call list. The membership of the CMA wants to be able to do business as unobtrusively as possible. Consumers, either through organized groups or as individuals, have made their choice clear. For once, the people are ahead of the industry and its regulators.