against foreign ownership of Canada's media and telecommunications industries
January 26, 2004) -- A day-long conference January 15 in Ottawa examined
the status of foreign ownership in the broadcast and telecommunications
sectors. The conference participants agreed to mount a co-ordinated campaign
to keep the media and telecommunications sectors in Canadian hands.
Conference was attended by representatives of major cultural and workers'
groups in the media and telecommunications industries. Participants included
the CEP, l'Union des Artistes, ACTRA, the Council of Canadians, the Telecommunications
Workers' Union, Société des Auteurs de Radio, Télévision
et Cinéma, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Friends of Canadian
Broadcasting, the Canadian Conference of the Arts and l'Association des
réalisateurs et réalisatrice du Québec.
the conference, the results of a national opinion poll commissioned by
the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) was released on
Parliament Hill. A CEP news release stated that the survey shows that
"Most Canadians support the maintenance of controls on the foreign
ownership of our media and telecommunications companies and an almost
equal number will vote for the politician who supports that position."
thirds of Canadians strongly support the maintenance of existing foreign
control regulations and 57 per cent are prepared to back their opinion
up with their vote in the next election," said Peter Murdoch, media
vice president of the CEP.
Chrétien Cabinet came out in support of the lifting of foreign
ownership regulations while Mr. Martin has remained coy. We want him to
end any uncertainty by declaring now that Canada and our communications
infrastructure is not for sale.... Two thirds of Canadians strongly support
the maintenance of existing foreign control regulations," Murdoch
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