Canada Trudeau has abandoned promise to lower cellphone bills, says NDP

03:10  15 september  2021
03:10  15 september  2021 Source:   nationalpost.com

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“ Cell phones and the internet are more than a luxury, they are a necessity,” said Jagmeet. “Most Canadians are paying hundreds of dollars a month for barebone cellular and internet plans—often with terrible service. That's wrong. Over two years, while leaving families to pay ,000 more for their cell phone bills than he promised , Trudeau gave big telecom companies hundreds of millions of dollars in no-strings-attached subsidies, much of which went to CEO bonuses and shareholder dividends. “Not only did Justin Trudeau abandon his promise to lower bills , he sided with Canada’s powerful telecom giants who jacked

The Liberal leader says his party would raise the basic personal income tax deduction to ,000 and cut cellphone bills by a quarter if re-elected in October. Canadians pay some of the highest cell bills in the world, with monthly plans ranging from around to over 0. Trudeau said the Liberal proposal would save the average family almost ,000 a year. To lower the cost, the Liberals say they would open up the market to more competition and work with cell companies to offer plans that more closely mirror global prices.

Jagmeet Singh wearing a hat:  NDP leader Jagmeet Singh makes an announcement regarding cellphone prices in downtown Toronto, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward © Provided by National Post NDP leader Jagmeet Singh makes an announcement regarding cellphone prices in downtown Toronto, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said Tuesday the Liberals have abandoned the promise they made in the last federal election to lower cellphone bills, accusing leader Justin Trudeau of siding with “big telecom.”

Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for wireless and internet service, Singh said in a press conference near the Rogers headquarters in Toronto.

“And it is because Mr. Trudeau and Conservatives beforehand, have allowed the big telecom companies to exploit us. There’s really no other way to put it,” Singh said.

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh slams high price tag of cell phone bills in Canada, promising cap on wireless charges, guaranteed unlimited data plans and low -cost options for Canadian families. Canada has more important things, such as health care, education, independent foreign policy, etc, to worry about.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised on Sunday to reduce cellphone bills by 25% if his Liberals are re-elected next month and warned major providers he could force them to take action. Affordability is a key issue ahead of the Oct. 21 election and Trudeau said Canadians paid among the highest They also promised to allow more Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) to enter the market. MVNOs lease wireless capacity at wholesale prices and resell it at reduced retail prices. That idea alarms the telecommunications firms, which say the MVNOs are not required to make any of the

Cellphone and internet affordability hasn’t played as big a role in this campaign as they did in 2019, with the NDP taking the most “aggressive” stance on the issue, according to Laura Tribe, executive director of OpenMedia, which advocates for lower telecom pricing. Tribe said a big reason phone and internet bills haven’t been a central feature of this campaign is that the “Liberals have left it off their platform, completely.”

Singh has said he opposes a proposed merger between telecom giants Rogers and Shaw, which advocates have warned would drive up wireless prices if approved. “We think that’s going to make things even worse. It’s going to be even more of a monopoly,” Singh said Tuesday.

Since before the election, the NDP has also been calling for a May decision on wholesale rates by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to be overturned. Critics have said that decision will raise internet prices, and Singh said Tuesday one way to ensure there are low-cost options for Canadians is “changing a ruling by the CRTC which would allow low-cost options to use the existing infrastructure so they can actually compete.”

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Singh said his plan would save the average family ,000, and he noted that in the 2019 election Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau promised to cut cellphone bills to save that much per year for a family of four. But that has not materialized, and Trudeau has sided with telecom companies over families, he said . A Liberal Party spokesman responded to Singh's comments, citing a Statistics Canada report that says consumer prices for cellular services have decreased by 21.5 per cent from June 2020 to June 2021.

“ Cell phone bills in particular put a lot of pressure on a family’s budget, with Canadians paying up to twice as much for wireless services than people in other G7 countries. Enough is enough. It’s time for hard-working Canadians to get a bigger share of the pie,” added the press release. Other political parties , such as the NDP , are also promising to lower cellphone bills and internet bills , through price caps. Do you think the Liberal government will be able to actually lower your cellphone bill by 25 per cent? Canada’s telecom giants won’t be laying down this easily, when it comes to the bottom line.

The NDP platform includes a promise to institute a price cap on wireless and internet services that would peg prices to the global average. It’s also pledging to take “the first steps to create a Crown corporation to ensure the delivery of quality, affordable telecom services to every community.”

In the 2019 election, the Liberals promised to lower wireless prices by 25 per cent, a move the party said at the time would save Canadians $2,000. Singh criticized the Liberals for not including that promise in their 2021 platform, which doesn’t mention the issues of internet or wireless affordability.

“Voting for Mr. Trudeau is going to cost you. It’s going to mean he’s going to continue to not take on the big telecom companies,” Singh said.

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Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole is promising to allow international telecommunications companies into Canada in hopes of lowering people's cellphone and internet bills , and has committed to to appointing a health minister who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh has made affordable plans a rallying cry of his campaign, promising to put a cap on prices. The Green Party of Canada has pledged “reliable, affordable, high-speed internet” for all. The Liberals are fiercely defending their record, pitching it as a Federal Election 2019: Scheer says Trudeau wouldn’t have survived Conservative vetting process – Sep 19, 2019. NDP : The NDP has promised a price cap on cellphone and internet bills based on what consumers pay in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which

After the 2019 election, the Liberal minority government began tracking prices for two to six GB per month plans. Those prices have been dropping, though internal documents showed the government expected them to fall organically, without government intervention, as Canadians moved to higher-value plans not covered by the price drop promise. Canada’s big three wireless providers – Rogers, Bell, and Telus – no longer even offer plans in the two GB to six GB range under their main brands.

Tribe said the Liberals have been touting a 21 per cent reduction in the two to six GB plans, which is “both not 25 per cent but also, not at all the result of anything that they have done. That was guaranteed from the start,” given per-gigabyte costs have been falling for telecom companies.

Last week, Trudeau didn’t answer when asked whether his party, if re-elected, would overturn the wholesale rate decision or specify where he stands on the Rogers-Shaw merger. A petition to cabinet asking for that CRTC decision to be reversed is currently in front of the government, while the Competition Bureau, the CRTC and ISED are reviewing the Rogers acquisition of Shaw.

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Conservative leader Erin O’Toole said earlier in the campaign he would oppose mergers that “substantially reduce competition,” but he didn’t specify whether the Rogers-Shaw deal would fall in that category. He also didn’t answer directly when asked in a press conference whether he would overturn the CRTC wholesale decision.

The Conservative platform does include promises to lower wireless and internet bills. The party has pledged to do so by “allowing foreign telecommunications companies to provide services to Canadian customers, provided that the same treatment is reciprocated for Canadian companies in that company’s country.”

The Conservatives didn’t answer questions by deadline about how this promise would work. Canada’s foreign investment rules for telecom don’t ban foreign telecoms from providing service here – in effect, they only limit foreign companies from buying Canada’s largest telecoms.

The Conservatives did not answer by deadline whether the party is promising to change those rules to allow Bell, Rogers or Telus to be acquired by a foreign company.

Tribe noted there’s “not really much incentive for those companies to actually come into the Canadian marketplace given our size.”

Allowing a foreign company to buy one of the biggest telecoms would just be “reshuffling the chairs,” OpenMedia said shortly after that announcement, arguing there would be “no improvement in competition or choice, just another telecom overlord with a different name.”

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