Thank you very much, Madam Chair. I appreciate your flexibility.
I thought it was appropriate to present my motion publicly to all members of the committee.
I believe what the motion calls for is necessary, given the impact of the CRTC's decisions on local news and programming of national interest. The last CRTC decision might be favourable in terms of information, but it has a very negative impact on programming of national interest. Many organizations have complained: the Writers Guild of Canada, the Directors Guild of Canada, Unifor, ACTRA and the CMPA.
I would like therefore to submit this proposal to you, especially since Mr. Blais's term ends this summer. If we would like to invite him to appear to provide information, it is now or never. We could also talk about the decision pertaining to community radio that he made about ten days ago.
My motion is as follows:
That the Committee invite Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, to appear before the Committee within 30 days to discuss the CRTC's decisions concerning local television and their consequences, and the conditions of renewal of licences taking effect on September 1, 2017 for television services of large English and French-language ownership groups.
You will receive the written motion momentarily.
If we have the time, I think we should do this now. These CRTC decisions have a direct impact on information, a positive one, we hope, as well as a negative impact on Canadian content, which is much discussed. Until now, OTA television, which is affected by this decision, has had to broadcast 9% to 10% of programming of national interest. This has now been reduced to 5%, and that has negative repercussions. All the groups mentioned the example of Orphan Black. For these broadcasters, the demand could potentially be cut in half owing to this decision.
Similarly, I would like your opinion on another matter. I know that our time is not unlimited, be we could invite the large groups affected by this decision. I have prepared two further separate motions in this regard. You have the written motions. We could also invite producers, such as the CMPA. I can read them out, if you wish, but I think time is running short. In any case, you have these three separate motions in writing. They could be combined into a single motion.
We talk about CRTC decisions constantly. We considered this latest decision to be positive for local information, as regards the large groups, but it also has a less favourable impact on Canadian content, which we discuss here constantly. We do of course talk about news in our study, but Canadian content is one of our concerns.
I submit this to the committee. Thanks very much, everyone.