The Internet won, but so did the Internet Tax

Paov,

The election results are in, and we wanted to share with you our thoughts on what it means for the future of the Internet.

First, Justin Trudeau has been reelected as prime minister, but with a minority government.

That means he's going to have to work together with other parties in order to govern. As the Liberals look for support to pass new laws, every party will have some power, and whoever your MP is, their voice will matter.

We have a huge opportunity to get the parties to work together to keep their campaign promises on Internet affordability,... cell phone infrastructure, and digital privacy. To do it, we will need to grow our membership and organize in communities across Canada to make sure every MP hears from their constituents about the need to secure our digital rights in this new government.

A minority government gives us the opportunity to have a bigger impact than ever before. We can pressure the parties to work together to keep their campaign promises, and at the same time, because no one party holds all of the power, we have a real chance to stop terrible ideas like the Internet Tax from going ahead.

The Liberals are focussed on connectivity and cell phone affordability, but they also are discussing a Netflix Tax and Internet Tax, and they've refused to stand up for our right to encrypt data. But to work with the NDP, the Liberals will need to focus on Internet affordability. Getting support from the Conservatives will need a strong focus on privacy and rural connectivity. And to work with the Greens, they'll need to put both connectivity and privacy on the table.

With all of these negotiations taking place, we need to make sure that the voice of the people doesn't get lost behind the closed doors of Parliament.

OpenMedia has big plans for making our issues heard in the new government. We're running ads calling out the Big Three for their awful service and sky-high bills, and we're creating a tool to connect people directly to their new MPs so they can share their opinions on digital rights.

We couldn't do any of this without the support of people like you. So thank you for being a part of it, and feel free to email, or reach out on Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you think.

For the Internet,
Laura, and the whole team at OpenMedia

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