OTTAWA, June 9, 2011 /CNW/ - The president of Canada's largest
telecommunications and media union, one of the intervenors in the
Globalive case, says he's "very alarmed at yesterday's Federal Court of
Appeal ruling which essentially gives the Harper government 'carte
blanche' to change the meaning of legislation."
"Cabinet should not be above the law," says Dave Coles, president of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
"This decision puts Canadian culture and sovereignty at risk, and it
threatens the foundation of our telecommunications sector," says Coles
whose union along with ACTRA, and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting were
intervenors in the case. "I think Canadians should be very worried when
the intent of Canadian laws can be changed unilaterally by Cabinet
without Parliamentary approval."
CEP's Vice-President, Media, Peter Murdoch says "the need to maintain
Canadian-control of telecom and broadcasting is more critical than
ever, given the increasing convergence in these sectors, and that CEP
will consult with its partners to weigh our options arising from this
In December 2009, the federal government granted a wireless license to
Globalive, a company backed by Egypt's Orascom, overturning an earlier
decision to block the permit by Canada's broadcast regulator. The
Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission had rejected
the application on the grounds it violated rules banning foreign
control of the sector. The Federal Court agreed with that decision,
which has now been overturned by the Federal Court of Appeal.
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles, 613 299-5628