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Thursday May 18, 2006
More from the CRIA appearance before the CRTC:
"COMMISSIONER ARPIN: Mr. Henderson, as you know, the Commission is trying to apply national rules and that means that the same standard will apply in French Canada as in English Canada. Have you thought how the smart 40 percent will work in French Canada?
MR. HENDERSON: I think we are not necessarily thinking, am I correct, that this would apply in Quebec. There are very different standards for the performance of French language music in Quebec. I wouldn't advocate a smart 40 for Quebec.
MR. ZOLF: Just to reiterate that, Commissioner Arpin, the bonus system that CRIA came up with was really calibrated for - the objective of it was to focus on the English market and based on its experience in the English market. If the Commission would want CRIA's views on that, we would be happy to do some thinking and provide it.
COMMISSIONER ARPIN: Surely we will like to get your comments, because obviously when it comes time to make our own decision we will like to see what you have been able to come up with.
MR. HENDERSON: I think the situation in Quebec is measurably different.
COMMISSIONER ARPIN: Oh, it is.
MR. HENDERSON: I looked at the Commission's Public Notice in effect as a call to arms to English Canada, because the development of new and emerging talent in Quebec is substantial, significant, noticeable, measurable, everything, and we had not done that. So I feel that all of us on this side.
COMMISSIONER ARPIN: But your members' companies are trying to promote Canadian emerging and new artists all across the country.
MR. HENDERSON: Yes.
COMMISSIONER ARPIN: Not only in nine of the provinces and three of the territories.
MR. HENDERSON: Our members? Well, in fact, in Quebec our members have very little involvement."
Thursday May 18, 2006
We want to enhance competition and investment in this country, and this is why we adopted this policy back in 2008 for the AWS spectrum. Let me say that the price went down by an average of 11% since then, and we will continue this way with the 700 megahertz spectrum. We launched consultation with the industry to make sure that we enhance competition and provide better choice and better rates for our consumers.