Many people in the riding count on the Community Access Program to introduce them to the Internet and new technologies

Val-d’Or — New Democratic MP Romeo Saganash is calling on the Conservatives to reconsider their decision to do away with the Community Access Program, which provides low-income Canadians living in rural areas with free access to broadband Internet. 

“Scrapping the CAP is especially absurd when you consider that the Conservatives are asking unemployed Canadians to use the Internet to get their benefits and find work,” said Mr. Saganash.

“This is the second time the Conservative government has tried to abolish the program, whereas Canadians rallied to its defence,” said NDP Industry Critic Guy Caron. “All over the country, New Democrats are discovering that communities need the services provided by the program and hope the Conservative government will reinvest the $2 million so that libraries, community centres and schools can stay connected.”

Studies by Statistics Canada show that almost half of Canadians earning $30,000 or less a year do not have Internet access at home. The Community Access Program is useful in finding a job, preparing for school or communicating with the community,” Mr. Saganash concluded.