TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of the
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, has been
notified of an alleged case of long-term corruption at the
quasi-judicial administrative tribunal that has purportedly served to
unjustly enrich shareholders of several corporations, including Rogers
Communications, Shaw Communications and Vidéotron.
The serious allegations have been made by Keith Mahar, a former
broadcasting industry insider who has recently requested the
opportunity to testify about this governance issue before the Standing
Committee on Canadian Heritage. The parliamentary committee has yet to
respond to his request.
Mr Mahar was formerly employed by CHUM Limited for his specialist
knowledge of the cable television industry and its regulation by the
CRTC. He was previously designated as a public interest litigant by
Justice Sharpe in Mahar v Rogers Cablesystems Ltd., a precedent-setting legal case that continues to shape costs
jurisprudence in public interest litigation.
Mr Mahar has also requested specific information from the CRTC chairman,
related to the destruction of documents by the federal regulator weeks
after Stephen Harper became Prime Minister and appointed former CRTC
Commissioner Bev Oda as Minister of Canadian Heritage.
At issue is the destruction on 27 March 2006 of all documents stored in
CRTC file 1000-121, including an unpublished decision made by the
Commission respecting a complaint of unlawful activities related to
cable television rates initiated by Mr Mahar.
On 5 January 2006, lawyer Paul Armarego notified Stephen Harper of Mr
Mahar's allegations of corruption and the existence of CRTC file
Mr Armarego provided additional information and documents to Prime
Minister Harper two years ago, including a copy of the unpublished CRTC
Copies of this correspondence is available on www.keithmahar.com.
Professor Matthew Fraser publicly alleged in 2000 that the CRTC was
cursed by institutionalized corruption and had been totally captured by
corporate media interests since the late 1980's.
"A public inquiry into the CRTC is long overdue," stated Mr Mahar.
SOURCE: Public Interest Advocate
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