In a decision handed down on September 16 but which went unnoticed, the Governor General pointed out that she had received 16 requests to have the decision handed down on June 22 by the CRTC. Although the CRTC falls under her authority, the Governor General specifies that she is doing so on the recommendation of the Minister of Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez.
It points out in its decision that the Société Radio-Canada (SRC)
contributes significantly to the achievement of Canadian broadcasting policy objectives as set out in the Broadcasting Act. She said to herself
convinced that this decision [du CRTC] does not support the objectives of Canadian broadcasting policy.
She concludes her remand for reconsideration by expressing her opinion
that it is essential that, as part of its review and rehearing, the Commission consider how to ensure that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as the national public broadcaster, continues to make a significant contribution to the creation, the presentation and dissemination of local news, children’s programs, original French-language programs and programs produced by independent producers.
Canadian producers are thrilled
It was not until Thursday that certain associations linked to Canadian production became aware of this referral and applauded it.
So theADISQ considers that the government sided with the opinion of groups, in particular the Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo, which were concerned about the conditions for renewing licenses and which were asking for them to be reviewed . In its statement, theADISQ notes that for a rare time, the decision about the renewal
had been endorsed by only three of the five councilors responsible for the decision.
L’ADISQ considered that the renewal conditions authorized by the CRTC would have harmed the production and broadcast of Canadian content and would have resulted in
a decline in the visibility of French-language content, the weakening of the broadcasting system and the creation of a dangerous precedent favoring the deregulation of the latter.
A dangerous precedent
The Quebec Media Production Association (AQPM) also welcomed this decision, blaming the CRTC having
removed all obligations with respect to independent production, the predominance of Canadian programming and the presence of programs of national interest on linear television, programming intended for children and young people, as well as original French-language programs.
The President and CEO of theAQPMHélène Messier, underlined her appreciation for the fact that the Council of Ministers recognized that
this decision constituted a dangerous precedent while a reflection is underway on the possible regulatory framework for online businesses.