Mr. Speaker, we like the goals, but we are skeptical about the results that will be achieved. In this case, there is much to be skeptical about.
The government has made all kinds of statements, but it has provided no proof that these measures will reduce costs for consumers, particularly rural consumers. The exclusion of one company because of requirements to deploy to rural areas will effectively eliminate competition and end up reducing consumer choice.
Yesterday, the minister stated in committee that he did not know how he intended to spend the proceeds of the auction.
Will he promise the House that he will use a portion of the funds to guarantee equal access for Canadians in rural areas?