Ugly spat over cost of business travel escalating within top ranks of CRTC


By Jennifer Ditchburn
OTTAWA — The Canadian Press

Published Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015
An ugly internal spat over business trips is escalating at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, with one senior government appointee threatening to get the Prime Minister’s Office’s involved.

It’s the latest chapter in an ongoing rift between CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais and Ontario regional commissioner Raj Shoan.

Blais recently refused to approve Shoan’s proposed travel for 2015-16, which at first detailed potential trips totalling $78,000 to cities such as Las Vegas, Amsterdam, New York City and Mont Tremblant, Que.

Shoan later reduced the amount to $48,000 “under protest,” describing it instead as a wish list of conferences and meetings from which he invited Blais to pick and choose which ones to approve.

One of the trips was to meet with officials at American networks AMC and HBO in Manhattan to discuss their digital offerings.
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