Canadians Pay Way Too Much For Phones & The Liberals Think They Can Fix It
Lower phone prices would be a big motivator for voters.
If you live in Canada and you have a cell phone (and chances are that you do), you're probably annoyed each month by how much you're paying for your service. Well, you're not alone. Cell phone prices in Canada are among some of the highest in the world, and now with an election on the horizon, the Liberal Party says they are going to do something about it.
Justin Trudeau told reporters, "Canadians shouldn’t be paying more for their already very expensive internet and communications services and that is something we will take into account," according to Reuters. One of the options, according to sources from within the party, is putting a cap on how high bills can be.
Monthly cell phone bills in Canada have gone down, but they still don't compare to how little other countries pay. Australians, whose population is about 13 million fewer people than Canada, pay roughly $24 for a plan that costs $75 in Canada. Even in the United States, a comparable plan only comes in at about $61.
While competition in the Canadian market has increased over the last few years, providing Canadians with more choices of carriers, the big three companies (Bell, Rogers, and Telus) still account for 91 percent of the market.
If the Liberal Party really can live up to the promise of lower cell phone bills, than it may help them to edge out a win in the October election. A recent study conducted on Justin Trudeau's election promises CBC poll tracker.. However, as of Aug. 26, the Liberals still trail the Conservatives by 1.2 percent, according to the
It would be great to not have to pay so much for a cell phone, considering that it's something that pretty much everyone needs in 2019. Will the Liberals be able to follow through on this promise? Only time will tell.