Jack Layton asked to address CRTC scandal: PM Stephen Harper nicknamed 'subPrime Minister' for his failure to stop corporate welfare scam



    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - An Australian public interest advocate has
requested NDP Leader Jack Layton address a scandal at the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission; a case involving some of
the most powerful people in Canada, including billionaire Ted Rogers.
    Social worker Keith Mahar, formerly employed by CHUM Limited for his
specialist knowledge of the Canadian cable industry and its regulation by the
CRTC, submitted documents to Layton earlier today, including an unpublished
regulatory decision respecting allegations of illegal activities involving the
federal regulator and media companies.
    "At this time of global financial crisis, citizens are entitled to
protection by their elected representatives from crony capitalism. What has
occurred in this case amounts to nothing short of crimes against democracy",
said Mahar, creator of website www.mediascam.com.
    Harper was notified by Mahar's lawyer Paul Armarego on 5 January 2006 of
unethical and potentially illegal activities in relation to an elaborate
accounting scheme, one forcing millions of citizens to subsidize shareholders
of private media companies - without any work being required by the companies.
At that time, Harper was specifically notified of an unpublished CRTC decision
made on 25 June 1996, and its storage in file 1000-121.
    CRTC legal counsel Shari M. Fisher has confirmed to Mahar that all
documents in file 1000-121 were destroyed on 27 March 2006, including the
unpublished decision, but declined to identity who authorized the documents to
be shredded. On 7 February 2008, CRTC commissioner Rita Cugini alleged on the
public record that the CRTC had never made the unpublished decision, while
Mahar participated in a hearing into the Canadian Television Fund, an
industry-government partnership central to the wealth redistribution scheme.
    "In my opinion, 'subPrime Minister' is an appropriate nickname for
Stephen Harper under the circumstances. I certainly hope that my experience of
mental illness has nothing to do with his failure to act on the documented
evidence of wrongdoing", Mahar added.
    Mahar has publicly shared his personal story of experiencing psychosis
with high school classes in the Australian Capital Territory since 2002, as a
volunteer educator for Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT), in a program
research by University of Canberra has found reduces stigma. Earlier today,
ACT Attorney General, Simon Corbell, launched a book by Jenni Savigny on
MIEACT's history, 'Stories Changing Minds'. The event was hosted by the Mental
Health Council of Australia for World Mental Health Day. Mahar is quoted in
the book saying: "Using my personal story to address stigma was very appealing
- to turn a painful experience into something positive." Stories Changing
Minds is available online at www.mieact.org.au.
    "I trust that Mr. Layton will make his decision on the need for a public
inquiry into the CRTC affair on the basis of the documented evidence, not on
the basis of my diagnosis with bipolar disorder. I am not in the mood for
discrimination", concluded Mahar.





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