The federal New Democratic Party (NDP) recently launched a new website (ndp.ca/lower-my-bill) asking for comment from Canadians to share their ‘nightmare’ cellphone and Internet bill stories.
The NDP say they want “lower cellular fees and better coverage for all Canadians”, explaining “high speed internet and cellular services are a necessity for Canadians – and despite this, broadband access and wireless services are far from being affordable or reliable in Canada.”
The federal party says it wants wireless and internet access to be “declared essential” for everyone, regardless of income.
All companies “should be required to have a basic plan for internet and cell service that meets the essential needs of Canadians,” while adding “The government shouldn’t make big money auctioning off the right to transmit signals, while you pay the highest price.”
The website says Canadians “deserve leaders who will stand up to big cell and internet companies,” and of course the one you should know about is NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, as he “will fight to make your monthly bills more affordable.”
Singh and the NDP criticize the Liberal and Conservative parties for not doing anything about telecoms for decades, saying:
For decades, Liberal and Conservative governments have left cell phone and internet companies with very little regulation. The result is that 3 big companies – Bell, Rogers, and Telus – serve 90% of Canadians – and those companies are free to hike rates without competition. Despite receiving $50 million in subsidies, and $700 million in contracts from our government, these companies charge Canadians 30% more on average than people in France, Germany, and the UK.
The NDP wants Canadians to ‘share your story’ as a form on their website seeks you to vent about the following:
Massive roaming fees? Data overages bringing you down? Family plan still too much for your family? We all have nightmare stories when it comes to our cell phone and internet bills – what’s yours?
Those who decide to share the NDP message on Twitter or Facebook will see the following message pre-written for them:
Canadians shouldn’t have to pay some of the highest prices in the world for cell and internet service. @thejagmeetsingh & the NDP are fighting to make my monthly bills more affordable #cdnpoli
The current Liberal government also recently took aim at Canada’s ‘Big 3’, directing the CRTC to launch a ‘comprehensive review’ of wireless services and to also discuss MNVOs as another option to lower wireless prices.
Now, it looks like the NDP are following suit in trying to get your vote with the promise of lower wireless prices.
The next Canadian federal election is on October 21, 2019.
Are you going to share your wireless or internet ‘nightmare’ story with the NDP?