We all know that cellphone and internet bills can be really expensive in Canada. The NDP wants to change that if elected. Jagmeet Singh promises cheaper cellphone and internet plans would be put into place if Singh's party is elected in October.
At a campaign stop in Toronto today, the NDP leader said that his government would put a price cap on cellphone and internet plans making it more affordable for everyone in Canada.
"We would immediately put in place a price cap on the amount that can be charged for cellphone and internet," said Singh during his campaign stop.
Back in June, Singh also made this promise about reducing the cost of cellphone and internet bills for Canadians and he's now continuing to put that promise at the forefront.
Singh says an NDP government would immediately set a price cap on cellphone and internet services based on the aver… https://t.co/DM4sRFKnYU— CBC News Alerts (@CBC News Alerts)1568380384.0
The NDP plans to put this into place by requiring companies to offer truly basic plans for cellular service and internet and putting in place a Telecom Consumers’ Bill of Rights.
Because of the price caps, the NDP claim that each Canadian will save $10 on every cellphone and internet bill.
"We are paying some of the highest bills in the world when we talk about cellphone or internet services," he said. "There's got to be a better way."
People on Twitter had mixed reactions to this announcement. Some users think that other leaders will jump on this issue because it impacts a lot of Canadians but other users don't think this is a good idea at all.
@CP24 Don't cap the bills. Open up the industry to other carriers and foster healthy competition. You'll see how… https://t.co/AjHvyCseoD— Shaka David (@Shaka David)1568383744.0
@CP24 How about insurance companies let’s talk about that— TBH (@TBH)1568384281.0
Singh claims that Justin Trudeau and his government have been lobbied over 500 times by telecommunication companies which has in turn driven up the cost of services like cellphones and the internet.
"We're going to make sure people can afford their bills," he said. "We need access to data, we need access to affordable internet. We're going to make that happen."
While we can't know for sure if companies will comply with this price cap, Singh said he's not afraid to stand up to telecommunications lobbyists on this issue.
The NDP claim that the price cap would come into play immediately once the party is elected.