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News | 11/08/2004 5:00 am EST
Rajotte calls for carriage of FOX News in Canada
Edmonton-Leduc MP James Rajotte on November 1 during Question Period in the House of Commons called on the Liberal government to allow all Canadians access to the FOX News Network. Rajotte said it’s a "blatant double standard" that MPs can watch the channel at any time on the Parliamentary closed circuit television system, but ordinary Canadians cannot see it. The CRTC has not yet ruled on the application to have FOX News added to the list of channels eligible for carriage in Canada (CCR, Sept. 10/04). A CRTC source said that FOX News decision would be released before the end of November. "What the Liberals fail to understand is that choice and competition are beneficial for the industry and for consumers," said Rajotte. "The Conservative Party of Canada believes that Canadians are capable of making their own choices about what to watch on television or listen to on the radio. The Liberals need to set aside their archaic views and allow for greater access to foreign programming in Canada."