September 13th, 2019
NDP’s commitment on cell phone and internet bills critical for Manitoba
NDP’s plan to cap prices would save Canadian families almost $250 per year
THOMPSON – The NDP announced a plan to protect Canadians from gouging by big telecom companies, and NDP candidates in Manitoba said that the announcement is a big win for the province. The NDP is calling for a cap on cell phone and internet prices, which would save families almost $250 a year.
“This announcement is critical for Winnipeg because people need affordable and quality telecom services for work, school and to stay connected with family and friends,’’ said NDP candidate Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Center). “The NDP is on your side and will work to make your life more affordable.”
Liberal and Conservative governments have left Canadians to go at it alone as telecom companies gouge them all while raking in billions of dollars. On Trudeau’s watch, the Big Five telecoms enjoyed profit margins of almost 40 per cent in 2017. To top it off, Trudeau rewarded Bell, Rogers and Telus with $50 million in subsidies and more than $700 million in contracts.
“Cellphone and internet services are not luxury services anymore,“ said NDP candidate Daniel Blaikie (Elmwood—Transcona). “People should be able to access those services at an affordable price. After years of Liberal and Conservative governments cozying up to the big telecom companies, it’s time to elect New Democrats that are willing to put the needs of Canadians ahead of corporate profit-making.”
“Liberal and Conservative governments have refused to invest in Northern communities and it's no different for telecom services,” said NDP candidate Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski). “Their choices have hurt northerners. It is time to bring affordable and reliable internet services to our North.”
The New Deal for People would also introduce a Telecom Consumers’ Bill of Rights to put an end to the aggressive and misleading sales and services practices of big cell and internet companies. The NDP will require service providers to offer basic plans that meet the needs of Canadians across the country, end caps for internet plans and require companies to offer affordable, unlimited data plans for cellphones – so Canadians don’t have any surprise on their monthly bills.
- Among OECD countries and other developed economies, Canadians pay some of the highest prices for mobile wireless and broadband subscriptions.
- Similar countries like Australia are sometimes paying 2 times less than Canada for the same plan.
- In 2018, the total revenue per gigabyte in Canada was roughly 70 times higher than in India and 23 times higher than in Finland.
- Canadian telecoms made 35 times what Indian companies made for the same data usage in 2017. As a result, Canada has lower data use than many other countries.
- The NDP price cap will save families on average $10 per month for each bill meaning that a family with two plans will save almost $250 per year.