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Published on Jun 15, 2011
Mr. David McGuinty (Ottawa South, Lib.) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-555, An Act to provide transparency and fairness in the provision of telecommunication services in Canada. He said: Mr. Speaker, I rise to present my private member's bill, the "get connected fairly act", which would direct the Minister of Industry to amend the conditions for PCS and cellular spectrum licences. It would also require the government to direct the CRTC to gather information, seek input and make a major report on competition, consumer protection and consumer choice issues relating to telecommunications services in Canada. I believe this goes some distance in addressing what many Canadians see as unfairness and a lack of transparency in monthly charges for services. There have been discussions among the parties, and I would like to ask for unanimous consent to give this bill the same number it had in the 39th Parliament, which was Bill C-555. The Speaker: We will try that in a minute. We had better get the bill read for the first time first. (Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)
The Speaker: Is there unanimous consent that the bill be numbered C-555? Some hon. members: Agreed. The Speaker: Agreed and so ordered.