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Court rules that House proceedings must be distributed in both English and French

News | 06/21/2002 4:00 am EDT

A recent Federal Court of Canada ruling means that the House of Commons Broadcasting Service (HCBS) will likely have to change its agreement with the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) to ensure that broadcast distributors provide both the English and French feeds of House proceedings. The HCBS currently provides three versions of the televised proceedings of the House: the floor feed of what is actually said, an English feed, and a French feed. But due to capacity constraints, some cable operators carry only the floor feed, which means the French segments may not be understood by Anglophones, and the sections of the debate carried out in English may not be understood by Francophones.

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