Canada NDP leader Jagmeet Singh promises cap on cellphone bills during Windsor stop
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Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh returned to Windsor Tuesday night repeating a promise to cap cellphone bills, bring in universal pharmacare, make housing more affordable and tax the super rich with “unlimited zeal.”
“There are some people out there we think should start paying their fair share,” Singh told a crowd of supporters at Gateway Aviation Windsor.
“People keep on telling me it’s getting harder and harder with the cost of living.”
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Singh’s campaign bus rolled up to Windsor’s Gateway Aviation Windsor shortly after 8 p.m. This was his third campaign visit to Windsor.
“Medication prices for those who need them, they keep on going up,” said Singh, flanked by local candidates. “People want to see universal pharmacare so they don’t have to worry about the cost of medications. People tell me they’re getting ripped off by Internet and cellphone companies. They’re charging the highest rates in the world and it’s because Mr. Trudeau and his government allow them to do. We’re saying no. We’re going to stop that exploitation.”
Singh spent the day Tuesday travelling down Highway 401 spreading similar messages. He began with a media conference on Bloor Street East in Toronto, accusing Liberal leader Justin Trudeau of failing to make good a promise to lower cellphone bills. He had another event scheduled in Kitchener before arriving in Windsor.
Trudeau has abandoned promise to lower cellphone bills, says NDP
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.
Earlier in the day, Singh said Trudeau “stood back” while the CRTC decided against setting a cap on cellphone prices. The NDP leader said Trudeau also did nothing to oppose the Rogers-Shaw merger, which “will mean fewer options for Canadians.”
Singh also claimed that Trudeau allowed Telus and other companies take large government subsidies while they hiked rates and sent jobs overseas.
Singh said last month he would work with the CRTC to force large telecom companies to reduce prices and cap fees, claiming his plan will save the average family $1,000. He said Liberal leader Justin Trudeau “broke his promise” to lower phone bills in 2019.
“This time, he’s left it out of his platform entirely.”
In 2019, Trudeau campaigned on a promise to lower cellphone bills by 25 per cent, which he said at the time would also save the average family of four about $1,000 a year.
The Liberals have previously responded to Singh’s cellphone pledge by pointing to a recent Statistics Canada report that stated prices for cellular services in Canada decreased by 21.5 per cent between June 2020 and June 2021.
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