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Ontario Liberals introduce bill to protect consumers from high cellphone bills

TORONTO – The minority Liberals have introduced legislation they say will protect consumers from cellphone bill shock.

If passed, the long-awaited bill would cap contract cancellation charges at $50 and require consent from cellphone users before their fixed-term contracts are changed.

It would also require that contracts be written in plain language and that they outline which services come with the basic fee and which services would cost more.

The CRTC is putting together a proposed national code of conduct for the wireless industry, but the Liberals say provincial legislation is still needed.

They brought in similar legislation almost a year ago, but the bill died when the legislature was prorogued last October.

The Liberals need at least one other party onside for the bill to pass, but they say they’ve received support in the past from both the Progressive Conservatives and NDP.