Help stop Manitoba's cell phone rates from skyrocketing 

On May 2, Bell Canada struck a deal to buy Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS).

This would reduce options for cell services in Manitoba from four to just the big three national providers: Bell, Rogers and Telus. In Ontario, BC and Alberta, which only have the big three providers, all cell phone packages are dramatically more expensive with fewer options.

For example, none of the big three providers offer unlimited data like MTS does—and charges for going over can be huge.

But it’s not a done deal. It can still be stopped!

Less than a quarter of Manitobans support MTS-Bell deal

Pallister’s Conservatives are not listening to Manitobans who do not want to see MTS sold to Bell, Infrastructure critic Jim Maloway said today.

“Pallister is out there advocating for a deal that less than a quarter of Manitobans support, even though it will damage our cell phone market and leave families with higher bills for little to no benefit,” said Maloway. “We saw a poll last week and now a second one today that clearly indicates our Premier is acting against the will of Manitobans.”

Pallister government continues to endorse Bell-MTS deal, siding with big business over regular Manitobans

In Question Period today, Premier Brian Pallister continued to throw his support behind the Bell-MTS deal, despite the fact that it will almost certainly mean higher prices for regular Manitobans, said Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood.

“The Premier himself said he wouldn’t be surprised if cell phone prices go up, but is supporting the deal anyway,” said Maloway. “He’s become an advocate for selling off MTS—again—before the Competition Bureau, the CRTC and Manitobans themselves have had their say.”