Request by former broadcasting industry insider to testify into allegations of CRTC corruption

TORONTO, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - A request has been made by former broadcasting industry insider Keith Mahar to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for permission to address allegations of a billion-dollar case of systemic corruption, one involving cable television companies and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Mahar has already provided copies of several related documents to the parliamentary committee, including a copy of a letter from his legal counsel Paul Armarego to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, dated 31 May 2010.

A copy of this letter is posted on

Prime Minister Harper was notified by Armarego that the CRTC enacted an unprecedented subordinate law, one effectively granting prominent businessmen the right to overcharge millions of Canadians for cable television service and redistribute wealth to themselves, without the requirement of any work being done in return for the revenue.

Mahar was formerly employed by CHUM Limited for his specialist knowledge of the cable television industry and its regulation by the CRTC. As a result of his opposition to this scheme, MP Libby Davies asked questions about citizens being overcharged for cable television service by more than $1.2 billion in the House of Commons on 8 February 2008. It is Mahar's assertion that the Hon. Jim Abbott misled Parliament in response.

SOURCE Public Interest Advocate (Australia)

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