In the first part of the committee’s pre-study of Bill C-31, Simon Lockie, chief regulatory officer of WIND Mobile, answers questions on the bill’s measure dealing with the Telecommunications Act. Lockie discusses the importance of roaming rates for wireless companies and speculates on the benefits from the CRTC’s changes to data roaming charges.
In the second part of the committee meeting, the Senators look into the bill’s measure that deals with the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Act. Appearing at the committee are the Conseil régional de l’enivronnement de la Montérégie’s Vincent Moreau (executive director), Bruno Gadrat (vice-president of strategic planning and sustainable development), and Richard Marois (vice-president of media relations and coordination). The witnesses discuss the need for more consultation on the new bridge project and criticize the proposal for a bridge toll. (May 27, 2014) UPDATE: Bill C-31 received royal assent on June 19.