Mr. Chair, I'm happy to present a petition, which has been signed by hundreds of Canadians across 10 provinces and territories, calling on the government to take immediate action to improve rural broadband connectivity across Canada. Many Canadians in rural and remote regions of our country do not have access to reliable Internet, and the signatories to this petition believe that this is an issue of equality, as the Internet is playing an increasingly vital role in all areas of life and not having access to it prevents people from participating in our economy.
Mr. Chair, this has become ever more apparent for those who are now attempting to work, take classes—