For Immediate Release
July 19, 2017
OTTAWA – NDP Leadership candidate Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) said that the nomination of a former telecom lobbyist to the chair of the CRTC sends a very disturbing message to Canada’s creative community as well as to consumers.
“The Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has to balance the rights and interests of Canadians, support fairness and protect consumers, and to defend the rights of our amazing creative and artistic community,” Angus said. “How can Canadian artists trust a lobbyist from the telecom industry to protect their interests?”
Angus says he will work with the artistic community in Quebec to ensure that their interests are defended in Parliament.
“I am very concerned,” Angus said, “When I think of the thriving entertainment industry in Quebec and the talented artists who rely on the CRTC to guarantee quotas on French content and to support original French programming, I am worried about what the future could look like after this appointment from the Prime Minister.”
Angus says the appointment is part of a disturbing pattern that is emerging in the Liberal government to appoint friends and insiders to key posts.
“Look at what happened when the Prime Minister appointed of Madeleine Meilleur,” Angus said. “His track record shows that he prefers to reward friends and lobbyists when he should be putting the interests of Canadians first.”
“I know that Canadians can see right through these partisan appointments. They have every reason to be outraged.”