Sen. Mike Duffy attempted to influence the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission’s upcoming decision involving the right-leaning Sun News Network, a source has told CTV News.
A well-placed source told CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife that Duffy approached a Conservative insider with connections to the CRTC three weeks ago to discuss Sun Media, which is asking the federal regulator to grant its news channel “mandatory carriage,” or guaranteed placement on basic cable and satellite packages.
“You know people at the CRTC,” the insider quoted Duffy as saying. “This is an important decision on Sun Media. They have to play with the team and support Sun Media’s request.”
There's a team? You mean there actually is a vast right-wing conspiracy in Canada?
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Someone please cue the Handel!
This is the happiest day of my life. For years, indeed longer than I can recall, the seedy backroom stuff was always being done to aid and abet the Trudeaupian project. It was always some OISE or Osgoode schooled hack trying to subvert our liberties or rig some rent seeking scheme. Now we're doing it! Our side! First it was Nigel Wright cutting large cheques, now it's Mike Duffy leaning on some guy who knows some people at the CRTC.
This is wonderful. We're the Establishment. Kinda. Sorta. Farewell Pearsonalities! Hello Harperalities! OK. OK. I'll work on something better.
Let us take this moment to bask in the glory of the dawn. At long-last we've out Liberaled the Liberals by every major metric. Getting some washed-up Senator to call a guy, who knows a guy, to discretely "suggest" to a supposedly independent body that something get approved is so perfectly Ottawa. Admittedly Jean Chretien tended to be a bit more direct. He'd just call up the CEO and start lobbying. Perhaps the Tories just haven't been in power long enough to feel confident in the direct approach.
The likely victim in all this will be the Sun News Network. Whatever impact Senator Duffy had on discussions as to SNN's application, which was probably close to nil, the CRTC would now harm its own credibility by approving the network's request. While the independence of the CRTC has always been as debatable as its relevance to modern Canada, the patronage hacks who man the commission at least have to go through the motions. Telling Kory Teneycke to get another job would certainly help to burnish the CRTC's image.
After Mike Duffy's little lobbying expedition this will likely become imperative. They will feel compelled to assert the commission's independence by telling those Harper lapdogs over at the SNN to get real work. That the SNN has been a fairly consistent critic of the government will be ignored. The network is a threat to the stranglehold of the MSM, so this will be seen as convenient opportunity to destroy the network.
Next time Mike, try not to help out.