CRTC, CBC Appointments Criticized By Political Opponents
February 8, 2011 at 4:11 AM (PT)
Attorney and politician ATHANASIOS "TOM" PENTEFOUNTAS has been appointed Vice-Chairman, Broadcasting of the CRTC, an appointment that has generated controversy in OTTAWA. PENTEFOUNTAS, the former President of QUEBEC's conservative ADQ party, fills the slot left vacant by the expiration of MICHEL ARPIN's term last AUGUST. In addition, MOORE announced that former ADQ legislator and BLAINVILLE, QC Mayor PIERRE GINGRAS will join the board of the CBC/RADIO-CANADA.
"I am delighted that Mr. PENTEFOUNTAS has agreed to join the CRTC," said Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages JAMES MOORE. "I am certain that his leadership, extensive knowledge, and strong legal background will be great assets to the CRTC."
"Mr. GINGRAS will be a great addition to the Board of Directors," MOORE said in a separate statement. "His innovative approach, his strong administrative background, and his impressive track record in the public sector will certainly benefit the CBC/RADIO-CANADA."
Opposition parties immediately decried the appointments as politically motivated. NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY Heritage critic CHARLIE ANGUS said that PENTEFOUNTAS was being rewarded as a "friend of the CONSERVATIVE PARTY" and did not meet the qualifications for the job. "This appointment stinks," ANGUS charged, saying that Prime Minister HARPER was controlling appointments at the CRTC.