People in our North need better internet access - this is the clear message I have received in my visits throughout our region.
The federal government plays a key role as the regulator of telecommunications. That is why I have called on the federal government and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to ensure quality internet access is available for residents of northern Manitoba.
In my recent visits, I have heard from people who have been adversely impacted by totally inadequate internet service. People living in communities including Snow Lake, Cross Lake and others have been clear that the lack of internet access that other Canadians take for granted is a real problem.
Quality internet is important. Small business owners need it to connect to their customers, students to do research, families to stay connected. The lack of internet access has both a social and economic cost to the people of our North. By denying residents of northern Manitoba proper internet access, our region is being denied opportunities and that are accessible to other Canadians.
The federal government and the CRTC need to do everything in their power to rectify this situation. It is 2019. Time for the people and communities in our region to have the internet access that is important to many Canadians.