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The federal government has decided to double down on its fourth-wireless carrier strategy by warning off the Big Three from buying wireless spectrum from the little guys. It is a sad example of how this government has proven to be conservative in name only. Of course, by continuing subsidies for aerospace companies, closing the Canadian market to foreign sellers of agricultural commodities, and haphazardly blocking foreign takeovers, the government has long proven it is no advocate of a hands-off approach to markets. But its continued interventions in wireless are their own special brand of interference that twists logic to its breaking point.