January 22, 1988 (33rd Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

Robert Pennock

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bob Pennock (Etobicoke North):

Mr. Speaker, the CRTC's November decision to grant new licences to TV specialty services deprives Canadians of the freedom of choice we cherish. Most do not know that if they do not want a 24-hour rock channel, a religious channel, or an all-news channel, they will be forced to receive it and will have no choice. Most do not know that they will be forced to pay an extra monthly charge for these services, estimated at over $2, and they will have no choice.
What about the 25 per cent of Canadians who do not have a channel converter? Their plight is even worse. Not only will they not be able to receive the new services but they will have to pay for them anyway. What about seniors or low-income families to whom the additional charge of $2-plus per month will be a burden? They will either have to pay it or give up their cable service.

January 22, 1988
Canadians here in Ottawa are rebelling and are making their views known to their cable companies here. They do not want this forced down their throats. 1 encourage all Canadians to write or call their cable companies to express their outrage at this mandatory carriage of service.

Topic:   CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION CRITICISM OF GRANTING SPECIALTY SERVICES CABLE LICENCES
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