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#3 Big Telecom, Big Quebec
Who's bigger: Canada's telecom giants or Quebec?
A new CRTC decision – that critics say guarantees higher wireless prices – suggests that telecom giants are in control. What does Quebec trying to change the Constitution via Bill 96 mean? And host Fatima Syed breaks protocol with her own point of order.
This week’s panelists: Murad Hemmadi, Emilie Nicolas, & Stuart Thomson,
This episode is supported by Dispatch and Freshbooks.
June 1, 2021
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