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Statement from ACTRA on outgoing CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais

Stephen Waddell, National Executive Director of ACTRA, released the following statement regarding reports that CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais did not apply for a renewed term as Chair of the CRTC.

“We wish Mr. Blais well in his future endeavours, and agree it is time for change and a new direction at the CRTC. The Commission was envisioned to regulate broadcast and telecommunications under their respective Acts as well as to protect Canadian culture. Under Blais’s leadership, the CRTC embraced an approach that undermined Canadian storytellers instead of protecting them. We look forward to the appointment of a new Chair and new Commissioners who understand the challenges of the film and television sector, and the need to see Canadian stories on our screens.”


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Jennifer McGibbon, ACTRA National Public Relations Officer, tel: 416-489-1311, email:

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