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Lobby Watch

Lobby Watch

Canada's broadcasting industry is regulated by the federal government through the CRTC.

Like in other regulated industries, Canadian broadcasting executives have a long history of cultivating relationships with influential politicians and bureaucrats who may be involved in decisions that affect their bottom line.

To this end, Canada's broadcasters have in the past been among the most generous financial contributors to political candidates, governing politicians and their parties, until recently when corporate political contributions were banned. FRIENDS has previously followed this money trail and published the results in Follow the Money.

Recently introduced requirements for lobbyists to report their meetings with government officials provide a new window on the work of broadcasters to influence public policy. In keeping with FRIENDS' watchdog role, regular updates on lobbying activities of broadcast industry executives in Ottawa are published here.

Canadian Association of Broadcasters CanWest Global Communications CTVglobemedia Rogers Communications Shaw Communications

Canadian Association of Broadcasters

Date Activity Description Designated Public Office Holders Subject Matter
2008/09/17 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Ron Parker
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Broadcasting, Telecommunications
2008/09/15 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Michel Arpin
Vice-Chair, Broadcasting
Broadcasting, Telecommunications
2008/09/11 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Robert A Morin
Secretary General
Broadcasting
2008/08/28 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Stephen Kelly
Chief of Staff

Zoe Addington
Policy Advisor
Copyright, Telecommunications, Broadcasting
2008/08/21 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Michel Arpin
Vice-Chair, Broadcasting
Broadcasting
2008/08/20 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Michel Arpin
Vice-Chair, Broadcasting
Broadcasting
2008/08/14 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Jean-Sébastien Langelier
Senior Policy Advisor
Copyright, Telecommunications, Broadcasting
2008/08/07 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Ron Parker
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Copyright
2008/08/07 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Judith A La Rocque
Deputy Minister
Telecommunications, Broadcasting
2008/08/07 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Robert A Morin
Secretary General
Broadcasting
2008/07/30 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Wesley Moore
Parliamentary Secretary Assistant
Copyright
2008/07/25 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Konrad von Finckenstein
Chair

Robert A Morin
Secretary General
Broadcasting
2008/07/17 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Rodney MacDonald
Policy Advisor
Broadcasting, Governor-in-Council Appointments
2008/07/15 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Phil Harwood
Policy Advisor
Broadcasting, Copyright
2008/07/15 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Judith A LaRocque
Deputy Minister

Jean-Pierre Blais
Assistant Deputy Minister, Cultural Affairs
Telecommunications, Broadcasting
2008/07/03 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Ron Parker
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Telecommunications, Copyright, Broadcasting
2008/07/02 In-house Organization: Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Responsible Officer: Glenn O'Farrell
Konrad von Finckenstein
Chair

Robert Morin
Secretary General
Broadcasting

CanWest Global Communications

Date Activity Description Designated Public Office Holders Subject Matter
2008/07/15 In-house Corporation: Canwest Global Communications
Responsible Officer: Leonard Asper
Robert Morin
Secretary General
Broadcasting
2008/07/15 In-house Corporation: Canwest Global Communications
Responsible Officer: Leonard Asper
Stephen Kelly
Senior Policy Advisor
Broadcasting
2008/07/09 In-house Corporation: Canwest Global Communications
Responsible Officer: Leonard Asper
James Prentice
Minister of Industry and Regional Minister of Alberta
Broadcasting

CTVglobemedia

Date Activity Description Designated Public Office Holders Subject Matter
2008/09/16 In-house Corporation: CTVglobemedia
Responsible Officer: Ivan Fecan
Robert Morin
Secretary General
Issues affecting the broadcasting industry
2008/09/10 In-house Corporation: CTVglobemedia
Responsible Officer: Ivan Fecan
Michel Arpin
Vice-Chairman, Broadcasting
Issues affecting the broadcasting industry
2008/08/26 In-house Corporation: CTVglobemedia
Responsible Officer: Ivan Fecan
Isaac Breadner
Executive Assistant to Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry
Issues affecting the broadcasting industry
2008/08/26 In-house Corporation: CTVglobemedia
Responsible Officer: Ivan Fecan
Jim Prentice
Minister of Industry
Broadcasting
2008/08/26 In-house Corporation: CTVglobemedia
Responsible Officer: Ivan Fecan
Jim Prentice
Minister of Industry
Issues affecting the broadcasting industry
2008/07/31 In-house Corporation: CTVglobemedia
Responsible Officer: Ivan Fecan
Zoe Addington
Special Assistant, Policy to the Minister of Industry
Economic state of conventional television; digital transition; CTF; and copyright legislation
2008/07/31 In-house Corporation: CTVglobemedia
Responsible Officer: Ivan Fecan
Stephen Kelly
Chief of Staff to the Minister of Industry
Economics of conventional television; digital transition; CTF; and copyright legislation
2008/07/23 In-house Corporation: CTVglobemedia
Responsible Officer: Ivan Fecan
Robert Morin
Secretary General
Timing of approval of Corus Entertainment's application for authority to acquire Canadian Learning Television from CTVglobemedia
2008/07/10 In-house Corporation: CTVglobemedia
Responsible Officer: Ivan Fecan
Jean Sebastian Lanier
Sr. Policy Advisor to the Minister of Canadian Heritage
Economic state of conventional television; the CTF; and copyright legislation
2008/07/09 In-house Corporation: CTVglobemedia
Responsible Officer: Ivan Fecan
Robert Morin
Secretary General
Procedural Issues Pertaining to Group Licence Renewals

Rogers Communications

Date Activity Description Designated Public Office Holders Subject Matter
2008/09/19 In-house Corporation: Rogers Communications
Responsible Officer: Edward S. Rogers
Leonard Katz
Vice-Chairman, Telecommunications
Broadcasting, Accessibility Hearing Procedure
2008/07/09 In-house Corporation: Rogers Communications
Responsible Officer: Edward S. Rogers
Ron Parker
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Intellectual Property, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, International Trade

Shaw Communications

Date Activity Description Designated Public Office Holders Subject Matter
2008/08/15 Consultant: Brian Felesky
Consulting firm: Felesky Flynn LLP
Client: Shaw Communications
Brian Ernewein
General Director
Taxation and Finance
2008/07/09 Consultant: Gerald Kerr-wilson
Consulting firm: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Client: Shaw Communications
Ron Parker
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Intellectual Property, Telecommunications

The information posted here has been collected from the Registry of Lobbyists and includes all "planned communication" between lobbyists and senior political and bureaucratic players who are considered to be "designated office holders" because of their ability to make or influence public policy decisions.

Contact between lobbyists and designated office holders that is not planned, for example a chance encounter at a fundraising event, does not have to be reported.

Persons wishing a complete record of such lobbying contacts should visit the Registry of Lobbyists website.