The Manitoba government is holding a public consultation on how it should regulate cellphone and texting contracts, Provincial Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh said in a statement Wednesday. “Cellphones offer convenience and security but, as they become an integral part of our daily lives, we’re finding that they are also a source of frustration for consumers,” Mackintosh said. The government’s consultation paper said the Manitoba Family Services and Consumer Affairs’ Consumer Protection Office has received complaints about the clarity of cell phone contracts. The paper said the government aims to improve contracts by mandating the use of plain language, and by promoting fairness for consumers and suppliers. It also said it would look at fair practices and clarity for contract cancellation clauses. The province plans to introduce legislation next spring under the Consumer Protection Act. Currently, Quebec is the only province that has similar legislation, although a private members’ bill has been introduced in the Ontario legislature that will also aim to regulate the fairness and clarity of cell phone contracts. The Consumer Protection Office is accepting written submissions until Jan. 17.