Since the 2019 Federal Election, I have received a large volume of calls, e-mails and survey responses about the need to improve access to affordable, stable, and reliable high-speed internet – an essential service in our riding.
Sadly, I am discovering the major roadblock to improve connectivity in New Brunswick is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Here’s one example that I wanted to share with you.
In four years of Justin Trudeau’s Government the Connect to Innovate Fund, a program designed to bring high-speed internet service to rural and remote communities, provided PEI with $1.4 million, Nova Scotia with $17.8 million, and Newfoundland and Labrador with $25.1 million dollars.
When comparing New Brunswick over the same period... we only received $1.35 million dollars. We are not being treated fairly by the Liberal’s.
All Canadians deserve access to good jobs and economic opportunities that enable them, their families, and communities to grow and prosper. These priorities have not changed because of the pandemic and will not change once we recover. If anything, these past few months have shown us that the outcomes from these priorities will be increasingly measured in concert with levels of high-speed internet access available in different jurisdictions.
If the status-quo remains our community will continue to face higher barriers to meet its full economic potential. Outcomes will be drastically different when compared to those offered by larger cities and this divide will continue to grow. It is past time all New Brunswick had access to a proper internet highway so our communities are not left behind on the other side of this pandemic.
Changing the status-quo is a priority for me and other Conservative MPs. If the Liberals won’t do what needs to be done, then we, the government-in-waiting, must and will. This webpage provides more information about the work I am doing to advance solutions. Scroll to the bottom for my latest update.
As always, if you have any questions, thoughts or feedback please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail at: [email protected].
John Williamson, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest