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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

Wait a minute. Could this perhaps be the reason why the round-table was required?

SEPTEMBER 4th:  Owen Sound, Ontario

Today at 1pm Eastern time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participated in a round-table discussion with small business owners regarding rural broadband high-speed internet access. 

I find it odd that there is a need for him, and his entourage, to head out for round-table discussions on rural high speed internet access when:

1) for the Government of Canada itself we have the self-evident information that … Remote and rural areas generally have fewer and less modern options for Internet services … and …

2) Again, from the Government of Canada (Innovation, Science and Economic Development) there is already a report available that he can read, entitled “High-Speed Access for All: Canada's Connectivity Strategy

Perhaps Justin should check with The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development to find out about what his own government is doing?

From the report, Ms Jordan states:

Our government is taking real action to build high-speed networks to connect all Canadians. In 2016, we started with the Connect to Innovate program that will enhance access for more than 380,000 homes in 900 communities, including 190 Indigenous communities

in Budget 2019, we made a bold commitment to connect all Canadians to reliable high-speed Internet … with an additional $1.7 billion in new funding that will build upon our action to date … this Strategy is linked with the Rural Economic Development Strategy's vision to build strong and resilient local communities … we are working to ensure that all Canadians have access to high-speed connectivity, no matter where they live.

It is essential that Canadians in rural and remote communities can fully engage with each other, the rest of Canada, and the global economy … I am proud to present this commitment and action plan to my fellow Canadians

Oh, my friends …  wait a minute.  Could this perhaps be the reason why the round-table was required?

~~ Photo opportunity at the beginning of the meeting
~~ Media are asked to arrive no later than 12:30pm


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