Inside Politics

Calgary professor to challenge claim that more competition means lower wireless costs

Would more players in the Canadian telecom sector really lead to lower wireless rates?

According to University of Calgary economist Jeffery Church, it may not -- and he'll explain why that's the case later this morning, when he's scheduled to hit the parliamentary press theatre to release his latest report, which, according to the teasers provided in the advisory, will include "surprising facts on mobile telecom profitability," as well as current consumer costs.

Meanwhile, fresh from yesterday's closed-door confab with his provincial colleagues and territorial counterparts, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney heads to the Ottawa International Airport to make a "significant announcement" amid the hustle-bustle of the domestic arrivals level.

Elsewhere on the ministerial circuit today:

  • Fisheries Minister Gail Shea returns to her home province just in time to take part in a "ceremony to highlight the significance of the Brighton Beach Lighthouse," which will take place in the vacant lot across the street from the edifice in question.
  • In neighbouring New Brunswick, where ACOA Minister Rob Moore will be front and centre at an event to "celebrate the cultural heritage of the St. John River."
  • In Quebec, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander attends the opening of a new energy-efficient -- and, presumably, at least partly federally funded -- sports complex in Montreal, while in Saint-Tite, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel doles out fresh cash for a local western festival.
  • Back in Toronto, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver teams up with Sustainable Development Technology Canada president Vicky Sharpe to share the details of a new clean technology initiative, while elsewhere in the city, Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen joins local MP Mark Adler at a North York YMCA, where the duo will unveil "new ... measures to support local youth."
  • Finally, on the west coast, National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay fills in for Oliver at the opening of the Harvest Power Energy Garden in Richmond.

Also out and about in the GTA today: Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, who will drop by an Etobicoke banquet hall for an evening "meet and greet" with local supporters. 

For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day. 

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NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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