Use of the “word in n”: the CRTC should apologize, says Legault

Use of “n” word: CRTC should apologize, says Legault


It is not up to Radio-Canada to apologize for using the “n-word” in one of its programs, but rather to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC ), believes François Legault.

“I think it's the CRTC that should apologize,” said the Prime Minister, on the sidelines of a press conference, Tuesday after -noon.

Remember that the CRTC ordered Radio-Canada to make a public apology for a column dating from the summer of 2020 during which the “n-word” was spoken four times.

The federal body is asking the state-owned company to “specify how it intends to mitigate the impact of the 'n-word' in this segment of the show” by July 29.

The CRTC is also asking Radio-Canada to produce a report by September 27 of “internal measures and best practices in programming” that will be put in place “to ensure that a subject similar to the 'future'.

Since then, pressure has been mounting on Radio-Canada to have the Crown corporation challenge the CRTC's decision.

Martin matin, more than twenty personalities known to the media, including MNA Christine St-Pierre, former news anchor Bernard Derome and former president of the Quebec Press Council Paule Beaugrand-Champagne, demanded, in a letter addressed to the President of Radio-Canada's board of directors, Michael Goldbloom, that the CBC is challenging the CRTC's decision in court.

This letter, published in Le Devoir, was the third missive of this kind since the CRTC made the decision to blame the CBC.

Radio-Canada's board of directors is due to meet this week to orchestrate at the CRTC. “We want to take the time necessary to study the decision rendered by the CRTC and the follow-up actions to be taken”, we informed the Journal de Québec.