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Finance Minister Jim Flaherty urged the federal broadcast regulator to grant a radio licence to a company in his Ontario riding even though government rules on cabinet responsibility forbid ministers from influencing the decisions of administrative tribunals.

In his letter to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, Mr. Flaherty praised Durham Radio Inc.’s bid to obtain a licence to operate a new FM station for the Toronto area.

The broadcaster, based in Mr. Flaherty’s Whitby-Oshawa riding, was one of several applicants last year for the hotly contested spot on the FM dial. The company – which already has country and rock radio stations in Oshawa and Hamilton – was proposing an easy-listening outlet.

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