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View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
First of all, Mr. Berthelette, at the outset, condolences for the loss of Michael Ferguson.
Many more communities got service than intended in the program. The program had a target of 300 and, as we just heard from Mr. Knubley, some 900 communities got service, including some 190 indigenous communities. How is this a failure?
View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
I want to make sure of that.
In my own riding, some $13 million in federal money out of a $47 million project will put 16,000 households across 17 municipalities on fibre optic in a territory three times the size of P.E.I. In what way did we not get value for the money we spent?
View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
Would not facilitate or did not achieve value for money? What we see in the projects that I've seen across the country is quite good value for the money considering that it typically costs $2,000 or $3,000 per household to connect rural to fibre. In a lot of cases, this program came in well below that.
I'm trying to understand the basis on which this didn't get value for money.
View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
In the opening comments, there was a reference by Mr. Berthelette about displacing private funds. I find it to be a big, red flag when I hear that, because it's based on an assumption that private funds are interested in coming to these communities. What we see is that private funds don't come to the communities; they go into the downtown core of a rural area, if there is a downtown core of a village, and they'll offer service there, but everybody out of range, just forget them; they're not worth funding and not worth investing in. Private companies only come to those areas when the public invests money, and then they say they're going to lose their market share, so now they're going to start investing.
I have a lot of trouble swallowing the concept that this program in any way displaced private funds. If anything, private funds tend to displace public funds when they arrive.
How do you see that assessment?
View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
On that basis, the 4,000 communities that have not yet received funding should, more or less, all have private investment coming in and we shouldn't need to continue to worry about this.
View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
In the audit, it sounds as if you're not happy with that, but here you're saying you are happy with that. Are we happy with how the program went?
View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay. My assessment of what I'm seeing is that, if there's any problem to identify here, it's that there simply wasn't enough money in the program to begin with. But as for the operation of the program, I have trouble finding the problems that have been identified in the audit.
I do have questions for the other witnesses as well, and I'll move on to them. I might come back to you later on.
Mr. Scott, you mentioned that you have a limited but important role. Do you find the CRTC's hands are tied in any way, and is there any way for us to help untie them?
View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
One of the problems that I keep running into is market position abuse by a large telecom, mainly Bell, in our area. Do you have the tools in your mandate to deal with the problems brought up by vertical integration in telecom and market position abuse, for example, making it very, very difficult to get onto hydro poles to put a new fibre line on for a different company?
View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
I'm going to stay on the topic of value for money for a second.
Telecommunications companies invest on the basis of a three-year return on investment. That's the speed they do it. Is that the speed of return you expect of government investment? That's for the Auditor General.
View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
I have one question left for the AG before I go on to the CRTC.
Does the Auditor General's office currently participate, or has it ever participated, in the interchange Canada program?
View David de Burgh Graham Profile
Lib. (QC)
All right, thank you.
I'm going to go back to the CRTC and pick up where I left off earlier.
On the mandate question, if the CRTC mandate were expanded to permit the direct breaking of telecom monopolies and positional abuse, or the power to mandate that a company that services a community must service the entire community, would the CRTC be comfortable applying that?
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