Keith Spicer

Keith Spicer, journalist, broadcaster, public servant (b at Toronto 6 Mar 1934). After graduation from U of Toronto (BA 1956, PhD 1962) and the Sorbonne in Paris, Spicer taught at U of Ottawa (1961-66), at U of T (1966-69) and at various other universities. He was a researcher on the Royal Commission on BILINGUALISM AND BICULTURALISM in 1964 and in 1964-65 was special assistant to the minister of justice and president of the Privy Council. He was commentator, host or interviewer on several current affairs and documentary programs on both French and English radio and television, wrote editorials for the Globe and Mail, was a columnist for the Vancouver Sun (1977-84) and editor of the Ottawa Citizen (1985-89). From 1970 to 1977 he was the first commissioner of official languages and in 1989 was appointed chair of the CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CRTC). His 7-year appointment to the CRTC was interrupted in 1990-91 when he chaired the Citizen's Forum on Canada's Future, an attempt by Brian Mulroney's Conservative government to answer criticisms that the constitutional future of Canada was being negotiated in back rooms without public input. The commission became controversial when it soared over budget, but it solicited unprecedented public response and made a number of recommendations. Spicer is an Officer of the Order of Canada.