The job of chairperson of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is a high-profile and often thankless role that requires close attention to both consumer interests and the financial health of the communications industry.
The role is listed as a new posting on a website that details Governor in Council appointments, jobs that the federal cabinet is responsible for filling, and is one of four new postings for CRTC commissioner jobs.
However, the posting doesn’t mean the current chairman, Jean-Pierre Blais – whose five-year term expires in June – could not be considered.
Pierre-Olivier Herbert, a spokesman for Heritage Minister Melanie Joly (the minister in charge of hiring for the CRTC), said Monday that under a new process the Liberal government put in place, everyone who wants to be considered must apply: “Even if they are in a position right now, they have to apply for that position.
“So it doesn’t show any intention of who we want to have in the position,” he said.
Mr. Blais, a veteran of the federal public service, has been vague about whether he would like another term or even a partial term of one or two years. When asked in a wide-ranging interview with The Globe and Mail last summer he said, “We’ll see,” and explained that he would like to remain in the public service for another five years. He is technically on leave from his previous role and said at the time, “At worst, I’ll have an [assistant deputy minister] job somewhere in the government when I’m done.”
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