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CRTC will not collect Part II fees

Briefs | 10/15/2007 1:52 pm EDT

On October 1 the CRTC confirmed that it will no longer collect Part II license fees unless the Federal Court of Appeal or Supreme Court of Canada reverse a Federal Court decision that the fees constituted a tax and are not necessary to regulate the broadcasting industry. Last December, Justice William Shore ruled against the federal government and in favour of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and 17 broadcasting licensees on the legality of Part II broadcasting licence fees. This year's fees, which would have come from private radio, television and specialty service licensees, were due on November 30 and were estimated at $49.7 million. In the ruling, the court also ordered that the plaintiffs were not entitled to the return of fees paid in years past. Appeals by the crown and the CAB will be hear don both of these issues, respectively, on December 4 and 5 in Ottawa.

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