TELUS Statement

VANCOUVER, Aug. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - This afternoon at 3:45 p.m. PT, Darren 
Entwistle, TELUS President & CEO released the following statement: 
"If media reports are accurate, it is unfortunate that the government has 
chosen to not convene a Parliamentary Committee on an issue that is of 
critical importance to all Canadians. We respect the NDP's efforts to have an 
open and transparent discussion on this issue and we encourage Ottawa to 
reflect, open up the conversation and listen to what so many voices in Canada 
are saying to them. Recent polls clearly show the vast majority of Canadians 
are aligned with TELUS' perspective that new competition should be welcomed 
but that the same rules should apply to foreign and domestic companies in the 
upcoming auction of Canadian wireless spectrum. TELUS welcomes competition 
from foreign companies and, indeed, we have been on the record since 2001 
calling for foreign ownership restrictions to be lifted. Certainly, as 
numerous, diverse organizations such as Canada's largest unions, the Canadian 
Taxpayers Federation and the Fraser Institute have stated, applying the same 
rules to both foreign and domestic firms is the best way to promote healthy 
competition that would be in the best interest of all Canadians. Giving 
Verizon or another foreign company a two-for-one advantage in the auction of 
these airwaves is unjust and harmful to Canadians, especially pensioners and 
people in rural communities. Moreover, it is not consistent with the intrinsic 
belief Canadians have in fairness. It is not too late for the government to 
consider the prevailing voice of Canadians and establish a level playing field 
in the upcoming spectrum auction." 
Shawn Hall TELUS (604) 695-6500 (o) 
SOURCE: TELUS Corporation 
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