MASSE CALLS ON CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT NDP CELL PHONE CONSUMERS BILL OF RIGHTS

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JULY 21, 2010

NEW DEMOCRATS CALL FOR GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT NDP CELL PHONE CONSUMERS BILL OF RIGHTS

OTTAWA – In light of the recent report into profits of Canada’s largest wireless companies NDP Industry critic, Brian Masse (Windsor West) has renewed his call for the Conservative Government to implement the New Democrat Cell Phone Consumers Bill of Rights. A recently released Bank of America Merrill Lynch report shows that Rogers, Bell and Telus still control 95% of wireless service in the country and have the highest reported profits in the developed world.

“This report shows Canadians are paying more for their service than just about anyone else in the world.” said Masse “It’s clear that we need more competition in the wireless industry to ensure that people are getting the best value for their money”

In addition to the Bill of Rights, New Democrats have previously called for a Universal Access guarantee of service, similar to the one that exists in the United States, to ensure that everyone can afford to have a cell phone. Canada currently has one of the lowest rates of cell phone ownership of countries included in the report.

Masse has also called on the government to empower the Office of Telecommunication Complaints with the ability to enforce fines on companies for gouging consumers. “When will Stephen Harper stand up for consumers instead of protecting the huge profits of big business wireless companies?”