MOBILE PHONE NETWORK : CHRISTINE MOORE INSISTS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DO ITS PART FOR RURAL CONSTITUENCIES

Ottawa - NDP MP Christine Moore (Abitibi-Témiscamingue) insisted that the federal government fulfills its obligations regarding mobile phone coverage in Abitibi-Témiscamingue as well as in other regions of Québec.

”Abitibi-Témiscamingue has been put on hold for too long, Moore declared. Our folks back home need a good cellphone network coverage. People expect the federal funds to be attributed at once.”

For a long time, Québec rural regions have been requesting that the connectivity programs of the federal government be adapted to their needs. The provincial government alongside groups such as Gestion de l’inforoute de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue (GIRAT) are already doing their share. It is the federal funds that are held up somewhere down the line.

“The federal government must do its work and stop forcing Québec to step in in its place”, clarified Ms Moore. “Beyond being an issue of economic development, it is first and foremost an issue of public safety. We need good cellphone coverage for forest rescue operations and for road safety in our parks. It is part of our daily lives and is essential.”