Feb 2011: It’s still illegal to watch HBO in Canada!

In 1995, Keith Spicer, then head of the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) was interviewed by CBC television personality Pamela Wallin and was asked if the federal government would implement laws prohibiting Canadians from watching HBO and U.S. Direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television signals in this country.

Mr. Spicer replied “Absolutely no. We have spent, this country and the western world has spent 40 years telling the Russians it was immoral to block broadcasts. We’re certainly not going to start doing that in Canada. Canadians are free people and they should act freely.”