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21 June 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Canada’s government has named Judith LaRocque as interim chair of federal broadcast and telecoms regulator the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
government has named Judith LaRocque as interim chair of
federal broadcast and telecoms regulator the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
LaRocque will be taking over from Jean-Pierre Blais, whose
five-year term as chairman came to an end this month. The
search for a permanent chair has been ongoing since January and
the Canadian Heritage department who are responsible for this
have yet to find a permanent person, so LaRocque will hold this
position for four months as the search continues.
LaRocque has previously served as acting vice-chair of the
CRTC for six months from November 2016 to May 2017. Throughout
her career she has held positions in the civil service, as the
deputy minister of Heritage, she has worked as secretary to the
Governor-General and was most recently as Canada’s
ambassador and permanent representative at the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris.
Mélanie Joly the heritage minister released a
statement announcing LaRocque’s appointment and
commented that leading the CRTC "is a challenging task," and
added "I would like to thank Ms. Larocque for agreeing to stay
on the CRTC team as acting chair."