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.