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Could telecom be next after new airline foreign ownership rules?

telecom | 11/08/2016 9:58 pm EST

Industry watchers said last week’s announcement by the federal government that it was loosening foreign ownership rules for Canadian airlines probably isn’t indicative of a coming shift for other protected industries like telecommunications—but they’re not willing to completely rule it out. In a Thursday press release, the transport ministry said the Liberal government would be “pursuing legislation to change international ownership restrictions from 25 to 49 per cent of voting interests for Canadian air carriers,” as part of a bid to...

CRTC not twiddling thumbs as industry changes: Blais

Media | 10/20/2016 8:21 pm EDT

OTTAWA — On the same day that a new report was released arguing the CRTC’s role and authority should be reduced in response to technological change, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais defended the relevance of the commission in the digital age in front of a Parliamentary committee. “The Internet and its wide range of applications and opportunities has changed the landscape and yet Ottawa’s digital policy and legal framework has failed to keep up,” the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) report said. “Regulating how much Canadian content is shown...