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2017-05-09 16:32 House intervention / intervention en chambre

Broadband Internet services, Government bills, Infrastructure, Rural communities, Second reading

Communautés rurales, Deuxième lecture, Infrastructure, Services Internet à large bande,

Madam Speaker, I will not spend too much time addressing the rather spurious statement from my friend across the way about the Conservatives' support for veterans, given the massive lack of investment and reduction in services for veterans by the previous government of the past decade.

I want to go back to earlier in the member's speech, when he talked about rural issues. I think this budget would help rural areas. I am from a rural riding about half the size of his, and the biggest issue we have in our riding is Internet access. I wonder if the member has similar problems in his riding. Our government has already put in $2.5 billion for Internet through the $500-million connect to innovate program and a $2-billion rural infrastructure program, which has Internet as an eligible component. I think it is really important that the Internet has been called “infrastructure” for the first time.

I wonder if the member has any comments on that in particular?

Madame la Présidente, je ne parlerai pas longtemps de la déclaration plutôt trompeuse de mon collège d'en face, au sujet de l'aide des conservateurs aux anciens combattants, compte tenu du manque d'investissement massif et de la réduction des services destinés aux anciens combattants qui ont eu lieu sous le gouvernement précédent, pendant la décennie où il a été au pouvoir.

Je souhaite revenir à ce qu'a dit le député concernant les enjeux dans les régions rurales. Je pense que ce budget aidera ces régions. Je représente une circonscription rurale dont la taille est la moitié de celle du député. Le plus gros problème que nous avons est l'accès à Internet. Je me demande si le député vit des problèmes semblables dans sa circonscription. Le gouvernement a déjà investi 2,5 milliards de dollars pour l'Internet grâce au 500 millions de dollars du programme Brancher pour innover et aux 2 milliards de dollars d'un programme d'infrastructure rurale pour lequel l'accès à Internet constitue un critère d'admissibilité. Je pense qu'il est fort important qu'Internet soit désormais un élément de l'infrastructure.

Le député a-t-il des observations à faire à ce sujet?

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Posted at 15:26 on May 09, 2017

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