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Meeting No. 18
Monday, May 4, 2009

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met in a televised session at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Gary Ralph Schellenberger, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Charlie Angus, Rod Bruinooge, Dean Del Mastro, Ruby Dhalla, Shelly Glover, Nina Grewal, Carole Lavallée, Roger Pomerleau, Pablo Rodriguez, Gary Ralph Schellenberger, Scott Simms and Tim Uppal.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Michael Dewing, Analyst; Marion Ménard, Analyst.


Witnesses: Astral Media Inc.: André Bureau, Chairman of the Board; John Riley, President, Astral Television Networks; Pierre Roy, President, Les Chaînes Télé Astral et MusiquePlus Inc.. Corus Entertainment Inc.: John Cassaday, President and Chief Executive Officer; Gary Maavara, Vice-President and General Counsel; Michael Harris, Vice-President and General Manager; Sylvie Courtemanche, Vice-President, Governement Relations. Telefilm Canada: Michel Roy, Chair, Board of Directors; S. Wayne Clarkson, Executive Director. Canadian Association of Broadcasters: Pierre-Louis Smith, Vice-President, Policy and Chief Regulatory Officer; Tara Rajan, Vice-President, Research and Policy. Fédération des télévisions communautaires autonomes du Québec: Sylvain Racine, Director of des Moulins Regional Television, Treasurer to the Board of Directors; Gérald Gauthier, Research and Development Officer. Télé-Québec: Michèle Fortin, President and Chief Executive Officer. TVCogeco Peterborough: Tim Caddigan, Manager, Regional Programming. Cogeco Cable Inc.: Maureen Tilson Dyment, Senior Director, Communications and Programming. Aboriginal Peoples Television Network: Jean LaRose, Chief Executive Officer. Allarco Entertainment Inc. : Charles Allard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Super Channel; Malcolm Knox, President and Chief Operating Officer, Super Channel; Richard Paradis, Business Affairs and Government Relations. Jim Pattison Broadcast Group: Rick Arnish, President. Newfoundland Broadcasting Company: Scott Sterling, President; Douglas Neal, Senior Vice-President. Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon: Stanley James, Chair, Board of Directors; Sophie Green, General Manager.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, the Committee resumed its study on the evolution of the television industry in Canada and its impact on local communities.

André Bureau, John Cassaday and Michel Roy made a statement and, with S. Wayne Clarkson, answered questions.


At 4:32 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:39 p.m., the sitting resumed.


Pierre-Louis Smith, Tara Rajan, Sylvain Racine, Gérald Gauthier, Michèle Fortin, Tim Caddigan and Maureen Tilson Dyment made statements and answered questions.


At 5:46 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:55 p.m., the sitting resumed.


Jean LaRose, Charles Allard, Rick Arnish, Scott Sterling, Douglas Neal and Stanley James made statements and, with Sophie Green, answered questions.


At 7:08 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Richard Dupuis
Clerk of the Committee

2009/06/02 12:10 p.m.