In Quebec - here we go again

Kevin Vahey
Fri Sep 7 00:43:37 EDT 2012

It will be curious to see how the CRTC handles the Bell-Astral mess in

Montreal friends have told me the CRTC may allow CKGM to go French but move
to 800 with CJAD moving to 690. By doing that the anglophones see their
most important AM get a signal upgrade.

On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 12:21 AM, Martin Waters <>wrote:

>  > Kevin Vahey wrote:
> >As crazy as this sounds, I can foresee Ottawa caving to them on broadcast
> >rights.
>      I looked at the Toronto Globe & Mail and went lo the CBC radio
> podcast page. The national government is Conservative, a party with little
> support in Quebec. So, unlike the Liberals, they are less likely to do much
> business with the PQ party provincial government. Also, in the game of
> pre-election expectations, the PQ victory was smaller than many expected.
> It did not win an outright majority of the legislative seats and polled
> only slightly more popular votes than the Liberals.
>      One of the PQ party's much bigger demands is at least some level of
> control over foreign policy and immigration. Broadcasting and communication
> regulation have an international aspect, too, with treaties and such --
> which, ISTM, will make the federal government balk.
>        I suppose that doesn't necessarily mean there's no chance of giving
> in on something as specific as the requirements of French vs. English
> language broadcasting. That would be a can of worms, though, IMO, because
> then there likely would be agitation elsewhere, mainly in the West, to
> eliminate French language broadcasting. My $0.02.
>         "Can't we all just get along?  . . . "

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