Good morning, everyone. Thank you for being here.
I think this conversation is really fantastic. Mr. Lord, I think it's too bad you don't have any figures concerning this policy. I understand. It's definitely a fly in the ointment everyone is trying to ignore. Everyone is looking for their raincoat and saying they will make no decision on the issue.
International companies are offering their services under the table. In English, the term “over the top” is used, but in reality, it's under the table, as there are no taxes. Housekeepers and mechanics who change our winter tires are criticized for asking us whether we want to pay taxes or not. They do that openly, and nothing is being done on the issue. It's the same thing for anything virtual, such as when we order software on the Internet or anything of that sort. The Canadian government must show some backbone and consult its international peers to make a decision on the matter, as this is a very serious problem.
I'm happy that you are here. We don't know how long you will keep your job. You were talked about a lot over the weekend. As you are a unifying force, we will ask you a bunch of questions.
As you said, everyone wants more and more wireless services. We agree on that. At the same time, we have a love-hate relationship with our provider. The people in the group you represent have very different behaviours. Some of them are pretty difficult. Some know it all, some are entrepreneurial and resourceful, and some are small new players with animal images. They're all very different.
Telus recently announced an end to unlimited data plans. Can you tell us what that means? You are saying that Canadians are increasingly consuming wireless Internet services, but Telus is putting an end to unlimited data plans.
Will this lead to increasing competition for data and larger and larger networks that will require increasing amounts of spectrum to provide those services? Ultimately, it will not be profitable. So should Canadians expect to pay more?