Thank you, Madam Chairman.
Thank you, Mr. von Finckenstein, Mr. Sheppard, and Ms. Laizner for appearing today. I much appreciate your attendance.
Mr. von Finckenstein, you said four central principles have governed the CRTC during your mandate and you chose to put transparency first. You put that as the overarching principle that's guided your governance of the CRTC, and I want to commend you for that. You said that, as the CRTC is a public organization, members of the public should have the clearest possible picture of how you operate and how they can interact with you as a government institution and that your golden rule was simply this: when in doubt, disclose.
I think a lot of folks would argue that when in doubt the CBC has exercised section 68.1 and forced those seeking access to information to achieve it through the courts. The Information Commissioner has gone to court and in fact won a ruling. You've indicated that if a matter goes to court and the court rules that the information should be released, you'd release it. The CBC has actually taken the next step of appealing that, following a court decision, and not appealing whether it should be released but whether or not the Information Commissioner has the right to see it in the first place. I think it's important to establish that.
Mr. Angus has raised this issue about public versus private broadcasters and talked about what we expect of private broadcasters. I know you request and receive financial filings, and so forth, from the private broadcasters. Do they tend to comply with that? Do you have problems with the private broadcasters complying in that regard?