Peter S. Grant Reappointed as Broadcasting Arbitrator for Federal Elections
Toronto - March 7, 2016 – McCarthy Tétrault is pleased to announce that Peter S. Grant, Senior Counsel to the firm, has been reappointed as the Broadcasting Arbitrator under the Canada Elections Act. Mr. Grant’s duties will include determining the allocation of paid and free time political advertising and arbitrating disputes between broadcasters and the political parties during the next federal general election.
Mr. Grant was selected by a unanimous decision of the five parties represented in the House of Commons – the Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Bloc Québécois and Green parties. He has served as Broadcasting Arbitrator in every federal general election since 1993 and has been reappointed to the post after each election.
Peter Grant is the past chair of the McCarthy Tétrault Technology, Communications and Intellectual Property Group in Toronto. He has pioneered the field of communications law in Canada, and his practice is substantially devoted to this field, including broadcasting and telecommunications regulation, copyright tariffs, mass media and press law, and the cultural industries.
Mr. Grant is the author of numerous articles and publications, including the Canadian Broadcasting Regulatory Handbook, a standard industry reference published every two years. In 2004, Douglas & McIntyre published Blockbusters and Trade Wars: Popular Culture in a Globalized World, a book co-authored by Mr. Grant and Chris Wood. The book focused on the economics of popular culture, the efforts to provide diversity of expression around the world and the impact of technology and trade law on the dissemination of cultural products. The book has been called "brilliant and sweeping" by the Toronto Star. In 2013, The Porcupine’s Quill published Mr. Grant’s autobiography under the title, Changing Channels: Confessions of a Canadian Communications Lawyer.
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