MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Statement on Rogers Communications 50th Anniversary

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am please to rise to congratulate Rogers Communications on 50 years of driving Canadian innovation.

    It was Ted Rogers' father who invented the world's first battery-less radio. Little could he have imagined that first his son would go on to pioneer in true decades ahead.

    In the early nineties, Rogers was the first in North America to launch digital cellular. Not long after, they would be the first to pioneer hi-speed home Internet, and more recently, the first in Canada to launch a next generation LTE wireless network.

    Rogers employs more than 30,000 Canadians in high value jobs and provides almost one in three Canadians with the services they need to connect with the world around them.

    Each year Rogers invests billions of dollars in its networks and is among the top R & D spenders in Canada, increasing its research and development budget through the recent economic downturn.

    On behalf of New Democrats, the official opposition, we offer our congratulations as Rogers celebrates this impressive milestone, and we look forward to the future of even more exciting Canadian innovation.