Little Current,Ontario – Today, Dave Williamson, Conservative Candidate for Algoma Manitoulin Kapuskasing, highlighted how a new Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will make sure that Canadians have access to high-speed internet.
“Canadians – no matter where they live – should have access to high-speed internet,” said Dave Williamson “Making sure that public resources like wireless spectrum are prioritized for rural Canadians will help achieve that.”
The lack of access to high-speed internet access is a major challenge for the riding of Algoma Manitoulin Kapuskasing. This lack of access puts individuals and businesses in the riding at an economic disadvantage.
“What’s more, a new Conservative government will require internet data providers to connect the maximum number of Canadians to high-speed internet by redirecting existing rural broadband funding towards strategic priorities,” said Dave Williamson. “We must take action. The status quo is not acceptable for the people of Algoma Manitoulin Kapuskasing.”
A new Conservative government will redefine the licence areas for internet providers to ensure that rural Canadians are not unfairly lumped in with urban centres in spectrum auctions. This is the right approach in order to expand broadband access in Algoma Manitoulin Kapuskasing.
This plan is contrasted with Trudeau Liberals failed approach. The Liberals have created a problem by forcing large carriers to allow small carriers to piggyback on their infrastructure. Justin Trudeau is now trying to solve this by throwing taxpayer dollars at the problem. It is clear that this is not working.
“A new Conservative government will take a smarter approach that allows the private sector to do its work, while focusing government investment on areas that are less commercially attractive,” said Dave Williamson “Once again, we will right their wrong.”
In September 2019, Andrew Scheer announced the measures he would take to help rural communities across the country to ensure their prosperity:
· Ensure that all regions receive their fair share of infrastructure funding with a budget specifically for them.
· Appoint a Minister of Rural Affairs.
· Ensure that all Cabinet decisions have a rural perspective.
Ensure that government programs consider the life conditions and unique experiences of Canadians in rural regions.