Ontario Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Michael Coteau sat in his constituency office in Don Valley East, Toronto with a frustrated look on his face. He was looking at a badly damaged Samsung S8, which was on the table in front of him. “My daughter dropped my phone, the phone in front of you right now, that I am no longer using as a phone. It sits in a cradle and powers that monitor,” Coteau pointed to his computer desk where a monitor sat. “I’m using it just as a CPU rather than a phone, but you can see it’s a Samsung. It’s an S8, and it’s cracked.” Coteau is using Samsung’s DeX smartphone desktop platform.
There were sunburst cracks all over the phone and it was badly scratched. It made you wonder how his daughter was able to damage a phone in that way. The former cabinet minister under then-Liberal premier Kathleen Wynn, said breaking his phone coincidentally happened at the same time he was creating his private member’s bill, the right to repair. The bill is set to be introduced in the Ontario legislature sometime later this week. ‘Right to Repair’ movement an inspiration About four months ago, Coteau saw a CBC article on a similar idea coming out of the U.S. called the ‘Right to Repair Movement” championed by The Repair Association. According to the association’s website, its efforts are based on the 2012 Automotive Right to Repair Law that passed in Massachusetts in 2012. The movement didn’t start until 2016.
“The concept is simple. The digital electronics within automobiles are the same parts used in thousands of other devices, suffer the same types of failures, are controlled by the same types of firmware, and are repaired using the same information, parts, and tools. Since repair is the same, the rules for repair should also be the same,” the website reads. Things didn’t really click for Coteau until he went to try and get his S8 fixed. “They said $330 plus tax. Almost $400 to fix a past generation phone. The S9 is out, and the S10 is coming out soon,” Coteau said. “Then I checked party suppliers and against the price, it was pretty high. So it was cheaper for me to go to my local carrier and get a new phone.” Coteau said he didn’t understand the rationale behind that.
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