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Ottawa to Name Former Telus VP Ian Scott as Head of CRTC: Report

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According to the Financial Post, the Federal Government is set to name telecom veteran Ian Scott as the new chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC):

The federal government is poised to announce that telecom industry veteran Ian Scott will be chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the Financial Post has learned.

The hiring of Scott is seen as more friendly towards the telecom industry, compared to former chairman Jean-Pierre Blais’ consumer-centric approach, which butted heads with wireless companies.

As a veteran of the telecom industry for over 25 years, he was a former vice-president at Telus, while currently is the executive director of government and regulatory affairs at satellite company, Telesat, where he has previously been registered as a lobbyist for.

Scott was the CRTC’s chief policy advisor in 2007 and 2008—while still registered as a lobbyist for Telesat, which led to allegations of conflict of interest, which he denied any wrongdoing. He has also worked for the Competition Bureau.

The Post reports Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly will also announce the hiring of Caroline Simard, a long-time bureaucrat, as vice chair of broadcasting.

Both bilingual hires will start five-year terms at the CRTC in September, once interim chair Judith LaRocque’s current term expires.

Other hires will also be announced, such as two regional commissioners. Canadian Heritage needs to fill 8 positions of out 13 still, and has been criticized for slow hiring to fill vacancies.

Jean-Pierre Blais said back in June, prior to his departure, “Until the current reality changes — if indeed it ever does — Canada will always have a problem of high retail wireless prices,” referring to incumbents Rogers, Telus and Bell, who currently dominate the wireless market in Canada.

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  • JB

    Greaaaaaat.

    We can only hope that we get a Tom Wheeler and not an Ajit Pai.

  • Riddlemethis

    Wow!!

    I guess it’s true. People are becoming more gullible and dumber at an exponential rate.

    It’s no wonder physicist Stephen Hawkin is predicting the demise of planet earth within a hundred years.

  • dudemaster

    Ha! Wolf guarding the sheep. Way to go Justin “Middle Class” Trudeau!

  • erth

    this can’t be true. wtf. why not just allow them to do whatever they want? you really need to extent jean-pierre blais. he was doing what was needed to make this viable. wait until the american companies come in and force change.

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    Of course the Liberals under Trudeau will appoint a telecom friendly leader to run the CRTC. They have to reward their party donors somehow and not the Canadian voter and consumer. Another Ajit Pai is going to soon run the CRTC and limit the voice and rights of consumers.

  • toysandme

    So the fox moves into the hen house…. What could possibly go wrong…

  • FragilityG4

    Conflict of Interest?

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