Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission—French Language Music Industry
Question raised by the Honourable Claude Carignan on May 19, 2016
Hon. Claude Carignan (Leader of the Opposition): My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The CRTC was supposed to hold hearings in Quebec City on November 16 about the review of the regulatory framework for French- language vocal music applicable to the French-language commercial radio sector. A few days before the hearings, they were postponed to a later date. I understand that the Leader of the Government may not necessarily listen to French radio from the Quebec City area every morning, but can he tell us why the hearings were postponed and why, six months later, the CRTC has not yet set a new date?
(Response to question raised by the Honourable Claude Carignan on May 19, 2016)
On November 2, 2015, the CRTC announced that it was postponing the hearing on the review of the regulatory framework for French-language vocal music applicable to the French-language commercial radio sector that was to begin on November 16, 2015, and that the hearing date would be announced at a later time.
The CRTC is responsible for the regulation and supervision of the Canadian broadcasting system and operates at arm's length from the Government. It is up to the CRTC to announce when its hearings will take place.