Fair Pricing for Canadians December 9th, 2014

MooreJames_CPC[1]If you’ve ever shopped online or in the United States, you’ve surely noticed that it’s common for Canadians to pay a higher sticker price than Americans for identical goods.

Here are some all-too-familiar examples:

  • 30% more for a 1.5L bottle of shampoo;
  • 13% more for a brand new 46-inch LED TV; and
  • 100% more – double the price – for an 81 mg bottle of aspirin1 (Now that’s a headache).

All things considered, experts estimate that Canadians pay roughly 15% more for goods than Americans!

Some components of those price differences are justified – after all, the exchange rate, price of fuel, and product safety standards are all factors outside of our control.

But sometimes the difference in price is because of geographic price discrimination. That’s where companies make Canadians pay more simply because they live in Canada.

This unfair business practice is hurting Canadian consumers.

Canada’s Conservatives are cracking down on it.

We are strengthening the powers of the Commissioner of Competition. The Commissioner will now have the ability to investigate and expose unfair cross-border price discrimination that hurts Canadian consumers.

To be clear: We are not setting or regulating prices in Canada. But we ARE taking action to investigate and expose geographic price discrimination.

This will help ensure Canadians are paying a fair price for their goods – because we know that every dollar counts.

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No Netflix Tax! September 10th, 2014

Liberals in Ontario are asking the CRTC to impose new regulations and fees on services such as Netflix and YouTube.

While Liberals like Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne have never seen an opportunity to regulate and tax that they wouldn’t take, Canadian consumers can rest assured that Conservatives will continue to stand up for them.

Conservatives will not allow any new regulations or taxes on internet video – we will reject a Netflix and Youtube Tax.

As part of our continued commitment to put consumers first, we promised in the Speech from the Throne that television channels would be unbundled, while protecting Canadian jobs.

Canadian consumers shouldn’t have to subscribe to channels they don’t want.

We asked the CRTC to examine unbundling as it undertook a broader study of how television services are provided.

Canadians can rest assured – Canada’s Conservatives we will take action to reverse any attempt to regulate and tax internet video.

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Getting goods across provincial borders September 5th, 2014

It’s time Canada’s provinces caught up with free trade.

Our Conservative Government has worked hard to open Canada’s borders to more international trade, signing free trade agreements with 38 countries since we took office.

Meanwhile, our provinces are stuck in an absurd system which blocks Canadian companies from selling Canadian products to Canadians simply because they’re in a different province.

Why can’t a BC vineyard sell their wine to Ontarians? Why is it illegal to buy beer in Quebec and transport it across the border into New Brunswick?

Canadians deserve an internal trade agreement that works for them. You deserve an agreement that reduces barriers between provinces and promotes more Canadian products in more Canadian stores, regardless of province.

That’s why our Conservative Government is lowering federal restrictions on interprovincial trade, and encouraging our provinces to do the same.

It’s time to make sure all Canadians can enjoy wine, cheese, beer, and other products from all over our great country.


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Don’t Pay To Pay September 3rd, 2014

Our Conservative Government is putting Canadian consumers first. We know you expect lower prices and better services from your wireless and telephone provider.

That’s why we’re putting an end to the practice of charging extra to receive a copy of your wireless or telephone bill in the mail.

Our legislation will put an end to this unfair practice once and for all, and put more money back in your pocket.

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Fairness at the Pumps July 31st, 2014

Today, the Fairness at the Pump Act – part of our Conservative government’s plan to put consumers first – becomes law.

Canadian families expect that when they fill up their gas tank, they get what they pay for – and we’re taking action to make sure that happens.

This new law will protect Canadians from unfair retail practices by implementing the following:

• Mandatory inspections for retailers who use measuring devices, like gas pumps

• Hefty fines for businesses that do not meet measurement accuracy requirements

You can count on Canada’s Conservatives to continue standing up for families and protecting your bottom line.

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Connecting Canadians July 23rd, 2014

MooreJames_CPC[1]Canadians live in an increasingly connected digital age where access to the Internet is essential to create jobs, economic opportunities, and link Canadians to services, family and loved ones.

Our Conservative Government launched a new broadband program — Connecting Canadians — that will invest up to $305 million to provide high-speed Internet to an additional 280,000 Canadian households, primarily in rural and remote communities.

This will ensure that 98% of Canadian households have access to broadband Internet service!

Our investments will provide incentives for the private sector to invest in Broadband Internet services at speeds of 5 Mbps in areas of the country that previously did not have access, creating thousands of new investment opportunities.

Find out more about how this announcement affects your community by visiting http://www.ic.gc.ca/ConnectingCanadians. The maps on the Connecting Canadians website were developed to obtain feedback from everyday Canadians, such as yourself, to identify communities that are in the most need of access to high-speed internet.

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New mobile spectrum! December 18th, 2014

Smartphones rely on an invisible infrastructure called mobile “spectrum” to communicate wirelessly.

Today, James Moore announced new measures that will make more spectrum available to Canadians than ever before.

Our Government has overseen the largest amount of spectrum ever released in such a short time in Canada. This has had a positive effect: there is more competition today, and wireless prices have fallen on average 22 percent since 2008!

In 2006, 98% of mobile spectrum was concentrated in the hands of Canada’s largest companies; by May 2015, new competitors will have an opportunity to hold over 25% of total mobile spectrum.

Today’s announcement brings Canada to the forefront of spectrum availability, ensuring Canadian consumers have access to world-class wireless networks.

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Capping Roaming Rates December 19th, 2013

Canadians continue to pay some of the highest wireless rates in the developed world.

For years, Canadians have been gouged by wireless providers on roaming fees: extra fees passed on to the consumer, just to use a cell phone when travelling.

Our Government believes that the rates Canadians pay to roam on their cell phones are simply too high.

The roaming rates Canada’s largest wireless companies can charge their competitors can be up to 10 times the rates they charge their own customers. Those costs are passed along to the consumer. We don’t think that’s right. And this week, we took action to reduce these rates.

Canadians also expect wireless companies to treat consumers fairly and play by the rules. That’s why we also introduced tough new penalties for wireless companies when they break the rules.

While wireless companies will look out for their bottom line, our Government is looking out for everyday Canadians.

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