Regina–Lewvan MP Erin Weir delivered the following member’s statement in the House of Commons on Nov. 15, 2016:
In most parts of Canada, the federal government has struggled to foster competitive telecommunications to lower prices for consumers.
In Saskatchewan, phone companies face stiff competition and consumers enjoy the lowest prices in Canada.
That’s because we own SaskTel, a Crown corporation dedicated to providing good service at affordable prices across our province.
Unfortunately, Brad Wall’s Sask. Party has presented legislation allowing it to start privatizing SaskTel without the approval of Saskatchewan people.
But such a deal may require approval from the federal Competition Bureau, the CRTC and the Minister of Industry.
If the federal government is truly committed to competitive telecommunications and consumer protection, it should strive to keep SaskTel public!