March 25th, 2021
REALITY CHECK: O’Toole sides with corporations over families
As the $26 billion merger between Rogers and Shaw Communications moves forward, a growing chorus of voices are following Jagmeet Singh’s lead in condemning how this massive consolidation will hurt Canadians' bank accounts.
Here’s industry insider and former Wind Mobile founder Anthony Lacaver laying out exactly what this means for Canadians:
“I think this is really bad for the consumer, short, medium and long-term… prices are ultimately going to go up” - BNN Bloomberg, March 24, 2021
This sentiment was echoed by the Canada Research Chair in internet and e-commerce and University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist:
"It will quite clearly result in reduced competition in several major markets and higher prices," - Canadian Press, March 24, 2021
We know Justin Trudeau will always side with tech giants over consumers — it’s what he’s done from day one. It’s also why Canada's wireless providers make the most revenue per GB in the world.
But where is the ‘Leader of the Official Opposition’ and his newfound concern for struggling Canadian families?
Erin O’Toole is nowhere. Silent. Crickets.
Why? Maybe he’s remembering his days as a big tech corporate lobbyist and dreaming of the windfall this merger means for his Bay Street buddies.
Regardless, his silence proves one thing: Just like Justin Trudeau, Erin O’Toole will not fight for working families. He will side with wealthy corporations — every single time.
Canadians, and their wallets, deserve better than Erin O’Toole.