Mr. Gus Mitges (Grey-Simcoe):
Mr. Speaker, many concerned citizens in my riding of Grey-Simcoe and surrounding area have brought to my attention the Bell Canada proposal which would change the billing procedure now in force to a system whereby the customer will be charged for individually made telephone calls. It has been correctly pointed out that this would create undue hardship for seniors, the handicapped, low-income families on fixed income, and those who rely heavily on the telephone as their main source of communication.
As well, seniors and handicapped persons often have to order medicines, groceries, et cetera, by telephone, when no transportation is available. They have to consult and report to their physicians more often than others, and the cost of individual calls would be astronomical.
This would cause extra monetary worries for those who can ill afford the extra cost, and would result in a loss of community involvement to seniors and others who have continued to keep involved in church groups, service clubs and so on, by telephone.
Therefore I call upon the Government to exercise every possible influence on Bell Canada not to proceed with such a proposal which would prove very detrimental to all Canadians.
Sub-subtopic: OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED TELEPHONE RATES