Montmagny, Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – The MP for Montmagny–L’Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup, Bernard Généreux, is continuing to fight for the extension of cellular telephone coverage and broadband Internet access to all corners of his riding. Since the day he was elected, Généreux has been working on this issue, although his actions have sometimes escaped the public eye. Généreux is engaged in an ongoing dialogue with residents on this issue.
Last week, Généreux sent a letter to the new chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Ian Scott, who will soon take over from Jean-Pierre Blais. Généreux described the situation in his riding and invited Scott to listen to residents in less-populated areas. The future growth and even survival of municipalities in Montmagny–L’Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup depends on it. “The vitality of the region is at stake. We are falling way behind in the digital economy. As a result, entrepreneurs are being penalized by an outflow of people and resources,” wrote Généreux in his letter to Scott on August 1.
On the same issue, Généreux is one of 100 parties in Canada and the only MP among a number of departments, municipalities, telecommunications companies, consumer groups and federations to submit a comment (#240496) to the CRTC. A call for comments on the development of the CRTC’s broadband funding regime was launched in May 2017. Généreux’s comment was supported by Resolution 157-CM2017, signed by the RCM of Kamouraska. Généreux is currently preparing a response arguing that Internet services, along with cellular phone service, must be improved in his riding. Généreux believes ongoing investments are critical and municipalities’ financial contributions should not exceed their ability to pay, given their lack of resources.
While the projects submitted in the spring for the “Connect to Innovate” program and its provincial counterpart are still being assessed, Généreux is using every means at his disposal to make progress on this issue. He is convinced that “in the absence of measures and incentives, they will accomplish little. When the residents who have suffered are finally connected, they often pay high prices for unreliable service.”