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View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
With my short amount of time today, I'll be addressing my questions to Globalive. I'm going to state the questions first, then hopefully you can provide some answers.
We've heard a lot today about the ability or the potential of Videotron to be a real fourth carrier in our Canadian oligopoly. What I haven't heard from Globalive today is why you sold Freedom Mobile in the first place, and what would make you a better fourth competitor than Videotron, specifically because we've heard that Videotron would be tied to Rogers, but you would subsequently be tied to the Telus network. What's the difference there?
You spoke a lot about your communication with Rogers, yet in the briefing you provided, likely to all of us here in this office, you didn't really communicate to us as committee members regarding your interactions with Shaw. Although you stated that your bid was $1 billion more than the price offered by Videotron to Rogers and Shaw, your bid is, in fact, different in that it includes, if I remember correctly, the mobile services offered by Shaw that you, of course, had before.
Finally in your briefing you made very serious allegations that since the announcement of the merger, Shaw has starved the Freedom Mobile business while running promotions that essentially give away mobile services to Shaw Mobile customers, with the result that Shaw Mobile has acquired almost half a million subscribers and Freedom Mobile has correspondingly shed hundreds of thousands of customers since the merger was announced.
It's over to you, Globalive.
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
I'll stop you right there. What would be the difference between Videotron and Rogers, doing that versus Globalive and Telus?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you.
Mr. Chair, do I have any time left?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all the witnesses appearing today and thank you to my colleagues. I'm joining you from Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon, where Shaw has a major presence.
My constituents are really struggling with the cost of living right now. As their representative, I am coming forward on their behalf today. They're asking me, “Brad, will this merger result in a more affordable Internet bill and a more affordable cellphone bill?” I'm not necessarily sure it will. However, I'm also highly suspicious of Rogers' claim that it is going to invest $6 billion in western Canada in the rural and indigenous communities that I represent.
During the pandemic, a mother who lives in Hatzic Valley and is still on Shaw's dial-up Internet asked me, “Brad, why won't Shaw simply cross the road and extend the line to my house?” They haven't done so, and they've failed to use the spectrum they received from auction to the benefit of Canadians who rely on this essential service. I'm approaching everything that I say in my remaining four minutes or so with that.
Dr. Keating, Shaw Internet customers right now.... I'll just ask what prices will be available to the two million existing Shaw Internet customers who today get zero-dollar talk and text and a $25, 25-gigabyte plan. Is Rogers planning on going down to those prices, or should those Shaw customers expect—if this merger goes through—something similar to the Rogers prices, which are, I believe, at $35 and $85, respectively?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
On mobile rates, the Competition Bureau's experts found that even with the sale of Freedom to Videotron, prices for Shaw Mobile, Rogers and Fido would increase in the range of 12% to 14%. The tribunal found in paragraph 246 that even if you adjust these price increases to reflect Rogers' arguments—I'm assuming you're the one who wrote them as their representative—prices will still go up.
What should my constituents and Canadians across this country be expecting from this merger? Should they expect higher Internet prices and higher cellphone prices?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
As a representative of Rogers, going back to the $6 billion, what guarantees will be provided to my constituents that those investments will actually be made? This is the difference of running a business and having access to education for my constituents. Why should my constituents trust Rogers and Shaw?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you.
Professor Bednar, with my remaining time, I'll note that Shaw has a weak record of developing the spectrum that it has acquired in B.C. and Alberta. Do you feel this merger will improve the development of these essential infrastructure projects that everyone relies upon?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you.
Professor Quaid, do you—
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It's no surprise to this committee that I've had issues with the application of provincial law in a federal statute, based on my previous comments, but I was intrigued by Madam Boyer's comments just a minute ago when she talked about an asymmetrical approach to federalism.
I'm wondering about this. If it's the case here that it would be significant to make reference to a provincial statute, then why did the Government of Canada include that same statute in the second part of the bill?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
That's what I understood the first time.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
On page 2 at line 31 in English, Bill C-13 states:
And whereas the Government of Canada recognizes that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation contributes through its activities to enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities and to the protection and promotion of both official languages;
I have a problem with this paragraph, partly because I see Radio-Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as two separate entities.
The second point I'd also like to raise is that I don't actually believe that the CBC in English does much to promote English anymore. I would kindly ask that we rewrite the—
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
This morning I was just reading this. I hadn't looked at this clause very closely before, but CBC and Radio-Canada are administered separately, so it doesn't make sense to have one referenced in English and one in French.
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Madam Lattanzio has covered some of the points I wanted to raise.
Potentially, Madam Boyer can explain this to us. This is the preamble of the act, and you said that this would impact X, Y and Z significantly. My understanding of legislation is that a preamble is not something the courts would generally interpret or would assume the Government of Canada would be obliged to follow. Even if I agreed with some of the statements you made, I would challenge your interpretation of the impact the preamble will have on the applicability of the legislation.
Could you comment on that, please?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you.
In that context of “reclaiming, revitalizing and strengthening Indigenous languages”, what other sections of this law actually do that?
I represent one of the most diverse ridings in Canada. I have six different first nations with their own unique languages. Is there anything in this law, other than this paragraph here in the preamble, that gives money or assurances that indigenous languages will be enhanced or protected?
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