When it comes to cellphone plan costs, to say that Canadians are getting ripped off is an understatement. Justin Trudeau promises to change that, though. As part of his latest campaign pledge, the Liberal leader is claiming he will significantly lower your cost of living and your phone bill within the next four years.
“Groceries, cell phone bills, childcare, it all adds up. And in a country as prosperous as Canada, it shouldn’t be as tough as it is for some to make ends meet,” a statement on the Liberal website reads.
“So, we’re going to put an extra $1,500 a year directly into the pockets of Canadian families by cutting taxes for the middle class and lowering cell phone bills by 25%,” it adds.
According to the Liberals' statement, the new plan will ensure that you don’t pay taxes on the first $15,000 of income you earn. The party is claiming that by doing so, it will save middle class Canadian $292 every year and the average middle class $585 for necessities.
CBC recently reported that Canadians pay some of the highest cell bills in the world, with average monthly plans floating around $40 to $100 range.
“In Canada, we pay a lot of money for cell phone plans – they’re some of the most expensive in the G7. And that’s a real problem," reads the Liberals' statement. “We’ll cut cell phone bills by 25% so you won’t have to choose between having a cell phone and heating your home.”
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh floated a similar idea last week, promising cheaper cellphone and internet plans if his party is elected in October. "We would immediately put in place a price cap on the amount that can be charged for cellphone and internet," Singh said during a campaign stop in Toronto.