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e-1631

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is responsible for enforcing the regulations on the use of radio frequencies;
  • An individual with malicious intentions is threatening the security of emergency radio communications in Quebec;
  • Canada has more than 50,000 radio communications stations run by amateur radio operators with licences issued by the Canadian government;
  • Quebec has hundreds of active amateur radio stations, and many of these stations are prepared to help authorities when natural disasters or major incidents occur that break down traditional lines of communication;
  • For two years a Nicolet resident, near Trois-Rivières, illegally set up a transmitting radio station and is generating interference on purpose;
  • Amateur radio operators in Quebec have identified the illegal radio station and brought it to the attention of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and its inspectors seized the individual’s radio equipment; and
  • The individual acquired new equipment right away and returned to jamming the airwaves. The man is known to police in Nicolet and Trois-Rivières. He has regular encounters with the law. We are calling on the government to provide more support to the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada so that it can intervene more decisively in this matter.
We, the undersigned amateur radio operators of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to take action to ensure the security of high frequency (HF) radio communications.

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