Liberal leadership candidate Marc Garneau said Canada should open its doors completely to foreign ownership in the telecom sector. “I would maintain restrictions on foreign ownership in broadcasting because of cultural and content implications to ensure continued production and broadcast of Canadian shows and content for television, film and new media. But I would open the doors on telecommunications,” Garneau, the Liberal party's former industry critic, said in a policy statement on his campaign website. “In Germany, Sweden, Italy, even France, there exist no restrictions on foreign investment in telecommunications. It is time for Canada to enter fully into the global market as well,” he said. The Conservative government this year amended the Telecom Act to remove the foreign ownership restrictions for telecom carriers with 10 per cent or less of the national market share, freeing small players like Globalive Wireless Management Corp. of the restrictions. Garneau said that if companies like London-based Vodafone Group Plc or New York-based Verizon Communications Inc. could enter Canada and offer Canadians “new choices, new options, all the better.” McCarthy Tetrault technology lawyer George Takach is also running for the federal Liberal party leadership, campaigning for a “super-fast Internet for all Canadians” and a digital bill of rights as part of his platform.