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Broadcasters suing feds over Part II licence fees

News | 01/29/2004 5:00 am EST

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which represents the majority of Canada’s private television, radio, and specialty broadcasters, is suing the federal government over Part II licence fees, Canadian Communications Reports has learned. On December 2, the CAB filed a statement of claim with the Federal Court of Canada for a determination from the court that the controversial fees are a form of unconstitutional tax, and that the broadcasters that have ponied up hundreds of millions of dollars in Part II fees are entitled to a refund from the CRTC (CCR, Oct. 31/03).

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