OTTAWA – Alongside Jagmeet, the NDP candidate in Ottawa Centre, Angella MacEwen, vowed to cut cell phone and internet bills for families in Ottawa.
“In 2021, cell phones and the internet are no longer a luxury, they’re a necessity. The pandemic has emphasized how vital these services are for people going to school, work and running businesses,” said MacEwen. “The NDP know this and are committed to making these service affordable for Canadian families.”
Jagmeet committed to work with the CRTC to force telecom giants to reduce the prices on all their plans and cap their fees below the global average. His plan also includes requiring telecommunication corporations to offer unlimited wireless data options at an affordable rate, so no Canadian is hit with a surprise bill.
In 2019, Justin Trudeau promised to cut cell phone bills by $1,000 per year for a family of four, but he abandoned his commitment after the big telecommunication companies lobbied him. Over two years, while leaving families to pay $2,000 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 up rates to some of the highest in the world, and forced Canadians to pay the price,” said Jagmeet. “I’m not Justin Trudeau. I don’t answer to big corporations and I know Canadians can’t afford more of Justin Trudeau’s empty promises. I’m fighting for you. And I will make your bills cheaper.”