Revised: November 24, 2019: version 2.0
Edited: November 28, 2019: version 2.1
Investing in the Middle Class: BUDGET 2019
Tabled in the House of Commons
by the Honourable William Francis Morneau, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Finance
March 19, 2019
©Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada (2019)
Part 3: Connecting Canadians
Access to High-Speed Internet for All Canadians
In 2019, fast and reliable internet access is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity.
With its first budget in 2016, the Government launched the $500 million Connect to Innovate program, which has since approved approximately 180 projects, with further investments of $554 million from the private sector and other orders of government [public-private partnership]. Once complete, these projects will add more than 20,000 kilometres of advanced fibre networks across the country. . .
So part of the investment is in fibre networks. Note how much importance is placed on Internet availability. Is this the best and only area on which to spend money to improve the lives of Canadians? Seems more like a fixed agenda to me.
Also, Figure 2.3 indicates the three methods used in the northern Kativik Broadband Project as an example. These are: Satellite, Fibre and New Microwave Backbone
Connect to Innovate contributed $62.6 million to the Kativik Regional Government in Nunavik (northern Quebec) for their broadband project. The project will bring new or improved high-speed internet access to all Nunavik’s 14 Inuit communities . . .
Actual microwave towers have been used in Canada for a long time as part of its communications backbone (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNCP_Telecommunications and http://www.c-and-e-museum.org/Pinetreeline/other/other19/other19l.html). And here we learn that they are still being built today to transmit a signal over long distances. It would be worth comparing the health effects and specifications (wavelengths etc.) of these microwave towers to the planned 5G towers, which I understand will be very #numerous and in close proximity to people (http://canadianliberty.com/5g-overview/).
Most of this section is about selling all the positives of high-speed Internet as if the Internet and associated technology has no negative side to it (http://canadianliberty.com/the-net-the-unabomber-lsd-and-the-internet-control-control-control/).
They emphasize (p. 93) how not every Canadian has “universally fast or reliable” Internet access.
They expect (p. 94) that current broadband programs will allow about 90 percent of Canadians to have an Internet download speed of 50 megabits per second (Mbps):
50 Mbps Speed identified by the CRTC for Canadians to take advantage of cloud-based software applications, multiple government services (e.g. telehealth services, business support) online learning resources and high definition streaming videos.
So we get a better understanding of the direction of technology. I think I have a better understanding of what the “cloud” is for now.
But they want to do better than 90 percent.
How We Will Achieve a Fully Connected Canada
Delivering universal high-speed internet to every Canadian . . . will require a coordinated effort involving partners in the private sector and across all levels of government [public-private partnership]. To meet this commitment, Budget 2019 is proposing a new, coordinated plan that would deliver $5 billion to $6 billion in new investments in rural broadband over the next 10 years:
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In Budget 2019, the Government is announcing its commitment to set a national target, in which 95 per cent of Canadian homes and businesses will have access to internet speeds of at least 50/10 Mbps by 2026 and 100 per cent by 2030, no matter where they are located . . .
In the 2018 Fall Economic Statement, the Government introduced the Accelerated Investment Incentive—an accelerated capital cost allowance designed to encourage businesses to invest and create more good, well-paying jobs. . . . Response to this new Incentive has been very favourable—to date, telecommunications companies have signalled more than $1 billion worth of private sector activity, focused on providing better internet access to unserved or underserved communities. The Accelerated Investment Incentive is also expected to . . . help accelerate the deployment of next-generation digital technologies, such as 5G connectivity . . .
Included in the $1.7 billion commitment to the Universal Broadband Fund, the Government will look to top-up the Connect to Innovate program and to secure advanced, new, low-latency Low Earth Orbit satellite capacity. This process will be launched in the spring 2019 and will help bring reliable highspeed internet access to even the most challenging rural and remote homes and communities . . .
Figure 2.4 indicates the four technologies that are to bring high-speed Internet to Canadians:
1) Mobile Wireless
2) Fibre Networks
3) Fixed Wireless
4) Satellite Technology
So “Mobile Wireless” (including 5G) is certainly part of this plan. In fact, only #2 is not wireless.
Funding for 5G on page 301:
Funding proposed for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to continue to effectively manage wireless networks in Canada. This will support equipment modernization and the development of innovative tools and systems to enhance ongoing efforts to minimize network interference and verify compliance with health and safety standards [question to follow up on], including in the context of the new generation of wireless networks, referred to as 5G.
Part 4 (page 178) includes a section on Cyber Security. I think 5G is celebrated because 5G and smart cities will mean that there is an increased need for cyber security:
Digital technologies are increasingly knitted into the lives of Canadians. New technologies—like the fifth generation (5G) telecommunications networks that will enable autonomous vehicles and smart cities—create exciting opportunities in the form of good, well-paying jobs and new products and services
Sounds like someone else’s agenda to me–sold as a story-line of explanations built on top of each other. Do we “need” 5G in order to make “autonomous” vehicles and smart cities work? Why do we need autonomous vehicles and smart cities?
Being spied upon constantly and having your privacy invaded with 5G in a smart city requires cyber security–no doubt. So there are lots of jobs in a scientific surveillance state. I guess that’s the point. We need to get people working in all of that. As long as people have jobs monitoring each other’s lack of privacy, everyone will be happy.
To promote collaboration between Canadian cyber security centres of expertise, Budget 2019 proposes to provide $80 million over four years, starting in 2020–21, to support three or more Canadian cyber security networks across Canada that are affiliated with post-secondary institutions
And there is a new market in monitoring online information and censorship–maybe people are worried about things they shouldn’t be worried about. Never mind free speech and all those outdated freedoms spelled out carefully in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This is where the jobs are.
After the parts claiming that there are foreign actors interfering in elections (p. 179, 180)–including, I guess, the election the government won after this budget!?–there is a disgusting section which seeks to find excuses for censorship and methods of demonization against those who spread what they call disinformation–most likely not referring to their own media and intelligence agencies–but rather to those who naturally oppose the oligarchy’s Brave New World agenda of demolishing families, cultures and nations–along with its toxic chemical onslaught on the health and rights of individuals:
To strengthen Canadians’ resilience to online disinformation and to help ensure Canadians have access to a wide range of transparent, high-quality information, Budget 2019 proposes to provide the Department of Canadian Heritage with $19.4 million over four years, starting in 2019–20, to launch a Digital Democracy Project. Funding would support research and policy development on online disinformation in the Canadian context. This investment would also enable Canada to lead an international initiative aimed at building consensus and developing guiding principles on how to strengthen citizen resilience to online disinformation. These guiding principles would then be adopted by Canada and other likeminded countries as a framework for efficient cooperation between governments, civil society organizations, and online platforms.
So this government is going to be funding research and policy development–using your taxes–to support their efforts at suppressing dissent. If you would like to fund research, public lobbying efforts and policy development by dissenters like me, you can do so here: http://canadianliberty.com/support/ and please do your own thing too.
The Digital Citizen Initiative
Earlier this year, the Government committed to provide the Department of Canadian Heritage with $7.5 million over two years, starting in 2018–19, for the Digital Citizen Initiative, which supports digital, news, and civic literacy programming and tools, ahead of the 2019 General Election. This will help to equip Canadians with a better understanding of deceptive practices used online, and give people the tools they need to navigate the internet, including tools to help them better understand the information they consume online.
Actually, the ideological and social-engineering contents of the federal 2019 budget is at a level never before seen in terms of its divisiveness and intolerance (to throw the standard language back at them–there is nothing traditionally “liberal” about any of it in the sense that people used to understand that misleading word). You can see this spelled out, depending on your point of view on pages 169-171. An outrageous example of deflection into identity politics and away from the real issue is within the discussion on suicide statistics (p. 156). As expected with Brave New World policy development (the caste system specifically), the causes of autism and questions people might have about its rapid increase are buried under a policy on encouraging workforce recruitment (page 159)–I don’t feel like spelling out the logic further, it’s too grim, but this is consistent with the oligarchy’s institutional and corporate messaging in recent years.
In Ontario, I also checked out the provincial government’s 2019 budget. The Ontario government represents the “conservative” ideology that is supposedly “opposite” to the ideology of the federal “liberal” government.
In the Ontario budget, it doesn’t mention 5G explicitly but it is clear about subsidies for cellular networks:
The [Ontario] government is committed to ensuring that communities across Ontario have access to critical broadband and cellular connectivity. In support of this commitment and to expand broadband and cellular infrastructure across Ontario, the Province plans to invest $315 million over the next five years . . . Ontario’s investment efforts will benefit from investment commitments by other levels of government and leadership from the private sector to maximize the impact of provincial investments [public-private partnership]. The Province will provide more details as part of its Broadband and Cellular Strategy, . . . .
Investing in broadband and cellular infrastructure to expand access to reliable, fast and affordable broadband internet connectivity will allow communities and businesses to fully participate and compete in the digital economy. It will also support a digital‐first approach to providing government services (e.g., access to data and online services).
Work to support the auto sector is already well underway. The government is creating a competitive business climate for the auto sector by cancelling the cap‐and‐trade carbon tax [positive note!], . . . Allowing on‐the‐road testing of autonomous vehicles and implementing the Broadband and Cellular Strategy are supporting innovation in the sector. . . .
Notice the tie-in between autonomous vehicles and cellular technology. This definitely implies support for 5G implementation.