Canada's cultural policies antiquated
While the CRTC's recent reprimand of three Toronto X-rated channels for failing to meet the required 35 per cent threshold for Canadian content became fodder for Internet humour, Canadian content regulations are no laughing matter for cultural nationalists.
Indeed, one of the oldest shibboleths of Canadian public policy is that domestic cultural industries need regulatory protections and taxpayer financial support to promote and sustain the Canadian identity. Without protections and taxpayer support, Canadian producers of entertainment programming will allegedly be driven out-of-business by lower-priced programming imported from the United States. This development would, in the words of one cultural nationalist, endanger the survival of Canada as an independent nation.