All Parliament / Legislation Articles — 2011
Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer says that the Keystone XL Pipeline is not just about jobs versus the environment, but also about whether the United States grabs the opportunity to establish energy independence in North America through oil from Canada.
Columnist takes issue with Lawrence Martin's recent warning about Prime Minister Stephen Harper's brand of "right-wing nationalism."
Columnist asks as the CBC prepares for cuts, is the CBC – and public opinion – being softened not merely for budget cuts but for a complete rethink of the broadcaster's role that would eliminate much of its current activity?
Le gouvernement conservateur perdrait sa nouvelle crédibilité en matière culturelle si Radio-Canada subissait des coupures
Le parti Conservateur a réussi à s'attirer la confiance des citoyens en ce qui a trait à la culture canadienne et à la Société Radio-Canada, mais cette confiance pourrait rapidement se volatiliser si la SRC devait faire face aux compressions à son allocation parlementaire dont les rumeurs abondent.
New survey finds the Conservative Party is gaining the trust of voters when it comes to Canadian culture and the CBC, but that trust could quickly evaporate if forecast cuts to the national public broadcaster’s parliamentary allocation come to pass.
Charts comparing Parliamentary funding of the CBC compared to total government expenditures and Correctional Services.
The secrecy surrounding the salary of Peter Mansbridge helps the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. stay competitive, its president told a parliamentary committee.
Unimpressed with the CBC's explanations regarding its financial accountability and handling of access to information requests, Conservatives indicate they may look at amending a law that exempts the broadcaster from certain disclosures.
Hubert Lacroix says the CBC's record on accountability and access to information has been lost in general confusion or distorted in coverage of its court case against Canada’s information commissioner.
The access-to-information and ethics committee agreed to return sealed documents to the CBC rather than press ahead with a proposal by Conservative MPs to examine the sensitive material.
Ottawa is considering a plan to open the door to more foreign ownership of telecom companies, a move that would allow non-Canadians to own 100 per cent of firms that have 10-per-cent market share or less.
John Gomery, Chair of Quebec's Press Council calls for a law to require media to adhere to the Council's standards.
Comité parlementaire sur l'accès à l'information - Radio-Canada cède, mais l'opposition obtient la suspension des travaux
CBC bows to the Commons Access to Information Committee but the opposition persuades the Speaker to suspend the Committee's work.
Columnist says there is nothing unique about this Conservative government’s loathing for the CBC and the hatred directed at CBC by Conservative MPs and their supporters.
CONSERVATIVE DEMAND FOR CBC DOCS "UNLAWF UL" // DOCUMENTS DE RADIO-CANADA: LES DEMAND ES DES CONSERVATEURS SONT «ILLÉGALES»
Press Release: The NDP states Law Clerk Rob Walsh warns that Conservative MP Del Mastro is over-stepping Parliament and interfering with the courts.
Parliamentary law clerk and counsel Rob Walsh says the move by Tory members of the access-to-information committee could end up in the courts, where he says their attempt is likely to fail.
In a letter responding to legal questions from the NDP, parliamentary law clerk and counsel Rob Walsh wrote that MPs on the access-to-information committee are stepping into uncertain constitutional waters, and “could be seen as interfering with and possibly undermining the judicial process.”
Columnist says a Harris-Decima survey conducted for The Canadian Press suggests 46 per cent of Canadians would like the CBC's funding to stay at the current level and 23 per cent would like it to be increased.
Columnist says the CBC gives a place to Kevin O'Leary, Don Cherry and Rex Murphy, all of whom get to freely express their generally right-of-centre views with alacrity, yet a good many Conservatives think of the Corporation as a left-wing conspiracy.
Remarks by Ian Morrison, FRIENDS' spokesperson at the ABU General Assembly 2011 on how new technologies will address audience's needs.
The Canadian Bar Association says a parliamentary committee should back off its campaign against the CBC until the Federal Court has a chance to rule on the issue.
CBC in contempt of Parliament if it doesn't produce documents Access Committee requests: Del Mastro by Tim Naumetz
MP Dean Del Mastro says the CBC has no choice but to hand over the documents to an in camera meeting of the Commons Access to Information and Ethics Committee, even though the Federal Court of Appeal is at the moment deciding whether the broadcaster must release them to the Information Commissioner.
Writer says Canadians should care about the current dispute between Quebecor Inc. and the CBC because it may have serious implications for freedom of expression.
PrivilegeWatch: Ethics committee passes redacted version of the Del Mastro order to produce by Kady O'Malley
Columnist says Ethics Committe is no longer seeking the unredacted responses to Access to Information requests filed by FRIENDS.
The NDP and the Liberals boycotted a Commons committee that has been scrutinizing the CBC's approach towards access to information, opposing a Conservative bid to have the public broadcaster turn over internal documents.
Columnist says it's wrong for the CBC to be bidding on programs that the private sector would run but can’t match because of government funding.
FRIENDS wants CBC's board to be appointed through a non-political process and then be responsible for hiring the president.
Presentation to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics House of Commons
FRIENDS tells a Parliamentary committee looking into CBC's access to information policies that the root cause of the public broadcaster's disclosure avoidance is patronage appointments of its Board and President.
FRIENDS tells the House of Commons Ethics Committee that CBC President Hubert Lacroix is effectively accountable to no one.
Columnist says a bid by the Conservatives to peek at the CBC's internal files is sparking a debate over parliamentary privilege, Charter-protected freedom of the press and the independence of the courts.
Columnist says if the Conservative government is rankled by the CBC's attitude towards access to information, it might have a bone to pick with the board of directors it chose.
FRIENDS calls for an arm's-length process for CBC board appointments and wants CBC president to be hired by and answerable to the board.
Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault told a House of Commons committee she believes the public broadcaster might be using new internal guidelines to quickly dismiss some access requests, thereby making it easier to claim faster response times.
The CBC has found itself under fire, forced to defend its economic value and societal relevance while the country’s access-to-information watchdog suggests the broadcaster may be automatically denying information requests.
Columnist says the CBC is fighting back against Quebecor’s attacks on its $1-billion in annual federal funding, accusing the private broadcaster of receiving $500-million in public subsidies over the last three years without being accountable to taxpayers.
Konrad von Finckenstein tells a House Commons committee that the section of the Access to Information Act which applies to the CBC is confusing and like no other he has seen before.
In this satrical piece, Gerald Caplan explores what would happen if Sun News TV and CBC were forced to combine into one large media empire.
The Liberal Party of Canada launches a petition in support of the CBC.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Studies releases a discussion paper calling on the federal government to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Columnist says the CBC, embroiled in both a legal fight and a parliamentary probe over its record on responding to access-to-information requests, is now also bracing for deep funding cuts.
Columnist says arts channel importing American content while cancelling Bravo!News and Arts & Minds borders on contempt for viewers and artists in Canada.
Columnist says data from the Department of Canadian Heritage and from a satellite company tasked with helping out those now without TV suggests the transition from digital to analog went off without much consumer drama.
Columnist says that when a minister of the Crown compels a member of Parliament to state for the record that he opposes assault, rape, and murder, it's safe to say that the government has not embraced a new spirit of reasonableness and co-operation.
Columnist says the Prime Minister's parliamentary secretary has stepped heavily into the Ontario election, commissioning a 1,000-person poll because he felt a local newspaper underplayed the popularity of the local Progressive Conservative candidate.
Columnist says the 41st Parliament of Canada is young but already we’re seeing Conservatives and New Democrats take sharply different partisan approaches to the business of the nation, including matters relating to the CBC.
Columnist says Conservatives are asking the CBC to explain why it is fighting the access-to-information law in the courts, part of increased scrutiny of the public broadcaster's spending and practices by the new majority government.
Columnist says a string of Conservative surveys is putting CBC funding under the microscope as the Harper government debates how big a hit Canada’s public broadcaster will take as part of government-wide restraint plans.
Columnist reveals link in a magazine interview where she describes the ex-PM as one of her husband's 'closest friends'
Columnist says Stephen Harper is hiring a former Conservative MP with nationalist leanings to be his advisor on Quebec issues.
Republicans and business groups argue that environmental protection is simply too expensive for a battered economy.
New report says Canadians consulted on a controversial border security deal still in the works with the United States aren’t sold on boosting collaboration between the two countries’ law-enforcement officials.
Columnist says Quebec is considering passing a new law to regulate the news media and certify so-called “professional journalists” who would enjoy certain privileges, such as quicker access to government sources.
Columnist says that while most of the news media continue to cover the coming election with long-running tropes Stephen Colbert has taken the equivalent of a political homework assignment and sprinkled a little silly sauce on top, and people seem happy to dig in.
CBC/Radio-Canada could see its federal funding cut in the next budget, Heritage Minister James Moore says.
Editorial states that the latest federal budget quietly gave the CBC an extra $60 million which can be handed back to the government in order to meet demands to find 5% efficiencies within the CBC.
James Moore, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, says FRIENDS has "lied to the public about what our government has done."
In his appearance on Q on July 12, Heritage Minister James Moore defamed Friends of Canadian Broadcasting when he said that we have lied to the public about what his government has contributed to fund the CBC.
Speculation that the government is preparing to slash the CBC’s budget is on the rise after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced it is postponing the CBC’s licence renewal hearing for almost a year.
Columnist says there's little political capital in recognizing that many Canadians value the arts and treasure how they define our country.
Equity condemns the Finance Minister's recent statements warning arts institutions to "stay on their toes" on the assumption that grants to cultural institutions and festivals will not be automatically continued.
A recent report, commissioned by the CBC and prepared by Deloitte & Touche, claims the public broadcaster contributed $3.7 billion in "gross value added" to the Canadian economy in 2010 based on expenses of $1.7 billion.
Columnist says Finance minister Jim Flaherty made good on an earlier commitment to give the Canada Media Fund $100 million per year in on-going funding, and for the ninth year running gave the CBC “one-time” funding of $60 million.
Dalton Camp Award finalist Megan Cécile Radford says what was considered a women’s issue was plunged into the general discourse by the women of the media, helping to usher in a new era of democracy when suffrage was won.
Columnists say the Conservative government is sounding more ambiguous and indefinite on its vow to allow foreign investors a bigger stake in the telecom industry.
Sun News host Krista Erickson challenges Canadian dance icon Margie Gillis on the public funding she's received over her 39-year career.
Nine years after its creation, the Dalton Camp Award returns to Fredericton this week with the presentation of the 2011 DCA Award at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
A briefing note to FRIENDS supporters outlines the huge and troubling gap between Stephen Harper's words and deeds regarding the CBC and Canada's cultural sovereignty
Columnist explores what Canadians focused on digital policies might say in their mandate letters to new Cabinet Ministers if they were given the chance.
Head of Quebecor Media says rather than regulate Netflix, as television operators suggested in a letter to the CRTC, all existing regulations should be eliminated to make the playing field more fair.
The former vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition says Stephen Harper’s recent majority victory may motivate people to support organizations that are seen to defend their progressive values.
Columnist says Stephen Harper should privatize the CBC and to get out of the business of funding grants for Canadian musicians.
Federal Heritage Minister James Moore takes Sun News anchor Krista Erickson to task on her reference to the CBC as a "state broadcaster."
Columnist says NDP MPs were accused of being ill prepared during a new conference set to highlight the need for more arts funding and artist support.
FRIENDS says there is a wariness in the film and television industry towards the new Conservative majority government.
Columnist says analysts predict that a Conservative majority government will likely mean more foreign ownership in Canada's telecom industry, fostering competition that will ultimately benefit consumers.
Conservative Heritage Minister James Moore says his government believes in the CBC as a key cultural institution and has no plans to cut its funding following his party's recent electoral victory.
Columnist says the fact that there is widespread puzzlement about the surge in NDP support at the end of the federal election campaign underlines the faults of TV coverage.
Columnist says an invite-only group of Tory supporters tried to shout CBC Reporter Terry Milewski down after asking Stephern Harper if he would honour any decision by the Governor General to invite the NDP Leader to form a government if the Tories fail to win a majority.
Conservative supporters booed CBC journalist Terry Milewski at a GTA campaign stop after he challenged Stephen Harper on whether he would accept a decision by the Governor General to hand power to the opposition parties in the wake of the May 2 election.
Columnist says supporters of Stephen Harper called for the shut down of the CBC during a campaign stop in Richmond Hill.
Columnist says FRIENDS warns how Stephen Harper is destroying the CBC by cutting funding and and by appointing people to control the CRTC who are in favour of his agenda.
Columnist says the Conservative Party's election platform is sparse on culture and that Tory candidates won't turn up to discuss it.
FRIENDS says in key cultural areas, such as broadcasting, the government has shown "a slender attachment to the truth."
Del Mastro called broadcasting advocacy group spokesman a fraud just prior to election call By Brendan Wedley
Columnist says Conservative incumbent Dean Del Mastro called FRIENDS spokesperson a fraud one week before the Tory government fell on a contempt of Parliament motion.
More than 70 arts services organizations from British Columbia to Newfoundland have joined ranks to issue an unprecedented election manifesto calling on politicians of all stripes to safeguard federal cultural institutions such as the CBC and Canada Council for the Arts.
The Liberal Party says they will provide the CBC and Radio-Canada with stable and predictable funding in support of their unique and crucial roles as well as double funding to the Canada Council for the Arts.
Conservative Senator Pam Wallin says that the CBC is giving Michael Ignatieff a disproportionate amount of coverage because “the CBC (is) concerned about what will happen with its funding.”
Kitchener Waterloo Conservative incumbent accuses the former Liberal government of cutting CBC funding while the Liberal candidate says they had no choice as the previous Conservative government had built up a deficit.
Green Party leader faults broadcasters and the other party leaders for refusing to change the debate format to allow her participation, while being willing to switch the day of the Frenchlanguage debate because of a Stanley Cup hockey game.
Columnist says the consortium of broadcasters behind the televised leaders' debates has agreed to bump the French language event up a day to in order to avoid having to compete with Thursday's Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins game for viewers.
FRIENDS says that at the direction of the Prime Minister's Office, Conservative MPs have engaged in a national campaign to mislead voters concerning the Harper government's investment in the CBC.
Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff will square off face-to-face for 6 minutes during each of the nationally televised debates April 12 (English) and April 14 (French).
Elizabeth May unlikely to join leaders debate after judge dismisses Green party's court case by Carmen Chai
Columnist says Green leader Elizabeth May likely won't appear in the televised leaders' debates, after a Federal Court judge shot down a last-ditch attempt to expedite her party's case.
ELECTION: Libs want neutral network; would use spectrum auction cash to fund broadband for all by Perry Hoffman
Liberals have proposed to use the proceeds from the upcoming auction of the 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands to bring high-speed Internet connectivity to every single household in Canada within three years.
The Government of Canada announced that the investment of $60 million in funding that CBC/Radio-Canada been receiving since 2001 for Canadian programming initiatives has been renewed for another year.
Columnist says the federal government has stripped out relevant information from documents it released about the CBC.
Columnist says Stephen Harper is trying to create a new Canada, a place without kindness, decency and truth.
Economist David Macdonald says the government is building a parallel hiring system to replace workers who leave or retire, where employees are exempt from normal hiring requirements such as bilingualism and proven ability to do the job.
Margaret Atwood testified she fears fair dealing reforms proposed under Bill C-32 will harm authors by opening a loophole that would let educators copy works without paying to do so.
FRIENDS poll shows 88 per cent of respondents believe that as our economic ties with the USA get closer, it is becoming more important to strengthen Canadian culture and identity.
FRIENDS says recent comments made by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney betray a sinister and hostile view of Canadian public broadcasting.
Saying he’s defending consumer choice and competition, Industry Minister Tony Clement says the government will appeal a Federal Court of Canada ruling that quashed a cabinet order allowing Globalive Wireless to operate in Canada.
Columnist says the naming of Tom Pentefountas to vice-chair of the CRTC has sparked a maelstrom of outrage from opposition MPs who believe the Conservative government is deliberately trying to undermine the independence of the broadcast and telecom regulator.
Minister of Canadian Heritage applauds CBC/Radio-Canada for its new five-year strategic plan, but remains unclear on whether the public broadcaster can expect to see any increases in funding from the federal government.
Nouveau vice-président du CRTC - Pentefountas devra expliquer sa nomination en comité by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté
Le Devoir, February 17: New CRTC Vice Chair Pentefountas will have to explain his nomination at the Commons Heritage Committee, by Guillaume Bourgault-Côté.
Columnist accuses Bloc and Liberal MPs of "caving in to the most radical elements of the Islamists in the name of political correctness" while at the same time denouncing people of Christian faith within the Conservative party.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney accuses CBC of lying all the time.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney accuses CBC of lying all the time.
Columnist says Stephen Harper does not deserve the credit he receives for being a competent manager as his government is poorly run and incoherent.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is in hot water after accusing Radio-Canada of "lying all the time".
President of SaskTel says that rather than concentrating our focus and efforts on ensuring universal access to broadband for all Canadians across the country, we have suddenly shifted our concerns to a small minority of heavy Internet users, residing primarily in large urban areas.
Members of the House of Commons heritage committee are set to vote on a motion to call Tom Pentefountas, recently appointed vice-chair of the CRTC, to ask questions about his credentials and the appointment process.
A full-page ad that appeared in the February 14, 2011 edition of The Hill Times.
FRIENDS says the current government has seen fit to exercise its legal right to give the CRTC direction and overturn its decisions on a frequency that is unprecedented.
Opposition parties say Tom Pentefountas, the recently appointed CRTC vice-chairman, lacks the necessary credentials for the job and is only there because of his political connection to the Conservative government.
Iain Grant, principal at Toronto based telecommunication researcher the Seaboard Group, says forcing Globalive out now would result in mass inconvenience for its customers and a likely lawsuit against the federal government.
Columnist says the Harper government is under fire for trying to take control of the CRTC by making a partisan appointment to the senior ranks of the regulatory agency.
New Democratic Party MPs ask the Minister of Canadian Heritage about recent appointments to the board of the CBC and the position of vice-chair at the CRTC, claiming the only qualification of those appointed is being friends of the government.
Columnists see the appointment of Tom Pentefountas to vice-chair of the CRTC as an attempt by the Conservative government to influence the media universe it its favour.
A CRTC proposal that could make it easier to broadcast false or misleading news has prompted confusion and criticism among opposition MPs and consternation in at least one of the unions that represents Canadian journalists.
Columnist says the federal court’s move to overturn a cabinet decision that allowed Globalive to operate in Canada throws a new obstacle at the largest of the new independent cell phone companies, just as it was beginning to build a critical mass of subscribers.
Columnist says that those engaged in a campaign to prevent libraries in the UK from being closed down could learn a lot from the four-year tussle between a novelist Yann Martel and Stephen Harper.
Editorial says the CRTC, "blew it" by allowing major Internet service providers to cap usage and charge consumers and businesses significantly more for exceeding those stringent limits.
Columnist says the government will overrule a decision by the CRTC that effectively kills unlimited Internet-pricing packages, unless the regulator backs down first.
In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses the impending shut down of over-the-air TV signals scheduled for Aug 31, 2011, and it's potential impact on New Brunswickers.
Columnist says attack ads are a combination of phrases taken out of context, half-truths and deliberately misleading statements, and wonders if that's the way politicians treat each other, is it any wonder other Canadians follow their lead?
The Pembina Institute’s Ed Whittingham says that hearing Peter Kent use the phrase "ethical oil" sounds like Ezra Levant, recently hired to play a leading role with Sun TV, is writing media lines for the Minister.