SHOULD QUEBEC HAVE ITS OWN CRTC?

At the same time the TQS television network announced it plans to shut all its newsrooms, the Charest government has announced it wants to control telecommunications in the province. Premier Charest explained the TQS decision is one of the reasons why Quebec needs its own CRTC.

In its lead editorial this morning, the Gazette is flatly opposed to Quebec’s having its own CRTC. “Quebec politicians are once again revealing unseemly eagerness to stick their fingers into federal matters, of which telecommunications is one.”

But despite the fact that immigration is a federal matter, Quebec governments have asked for and received considerable control over immigration in the province.

Could not a similar agreement be reached with Ottawa which would see Quebec gain a measure of control over the province’s radio and television industries?

Do you agree?

7 Comments »

  1. 1
    politicalgraffiti Says:

    Quebec isolationism should fare well when it further erodes economically. Secession isn’t sexy when you don’t have those big fat subsidies anymore.

    Culture is relative and if one refuses to embrace change and new thinking you risk becoming a parody or theme park trapped within nostalgia. Forcing people to speak antiquated French will not get you a diverse set of immigrants who can contribute to a dynamic economic environment.

    In the U.S. there’s a similar sentiment to English only culture, but with 35 million Latinos and growing the US will soon have a hybrid and Spanish will soon dominate North America if it hasn’t done so already. By embracing new ways and new people, a country will truly flourish. Clinging onto strict isolationist ideas will get you nothing but alienation and irrelevancy.

  2. 2
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    No, I don’t agree that Quebec should have its own CRTC.

    Quebec is not responsible enough to have more control over matters under federal jurisdiciton. Not only should they not have control over things like the CRTC, they should be stripped of those many areas of control that Ottawa, through agreement, have given them in the past, such as immigration and Indian affairs.

    Let Quebec repeal its human-rights violating hate law, Bill 101, first and then we can talk about it having more control over areas not under its constitutional jurisdiction.

  3. 3
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Air waves are and should remain a federal jurisdiction. The real problem here is not antiquated french or Maritimes’s english nor New England’s or wherever. The problem is having contents that respect our cultural diversity as a Nation. Should Quebec get its way, soon all the other provinces would clamour for the same thing since every single province has some particular characteristics it wishes to preserve and promote.
    I shudder at the tought of driving through Alberta having only Western music our through the maritimes listening to 80% bagpipe.

  4. 4
    Chimera Says:

    I’d love to see the CRTC kicked out entirely.

    As far as I’m concerned, the airwaves should be free from regulation by government, period. If I can put up a receiver that will bring in stations from anywhere in the world, why should anyone be allowed to stop me?

    As for Quebec, I don’t live there, I’m not subject to its screwy laws, so why would my opinion matter to them? Let Quebec citizens decide for themselves.

  5. 5

    I agree with Tony and Chimera.

    Absolutely not to Quebec getting its own CRTC.

    And disband the CRTC.

  6. 6
    Peter LeBlanc Says:

    Air waves are a natural resource for each country. When sports can make millions upon millions of dollars for using them, there should be some way that each country and its people should benefit from these huge profits, other than their entertainment value.

  7. 7
    paul Says:

    This is an interesting blog entry and the comments are very informative. If TQS had fee for carriage, do you think they would be laying people off and limiting local news? It is not about the CRTC but about a fair deal for local TV stations including TQS.

    I just came across this site 4LocalTV.ca and thought it may be of interest to you and your readers.

    Users can go to the site, fill in the form and send an email to their cable or satellite provider to support local news.


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