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edmontonjournal edmontonjournal.com 14 Sep, 2021 22:45 am

Trudeau has abandoned promise to lower cellphone bills, says NDP

Trudeau has abandoned promise to lower cellphone bills, says NDP
Singh opposes the proposed merger between telecom giants Rogers and Shaw

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.There’s really no other way to put it,” Singh said.” 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.

It’s going to be even more of a monopoly,” Singh said Tuesday.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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