Smart Economics Or The Americanization Of Canada?

Canada has always made a point of keeping its culture distinct from its neighbor to the south, and even has laws to ensure that it stays that way. So it’s no surprise that this week’s federal budget, which appears to allow greater American incursion into the Canadian TV marketplace, is taking no small amount of flak from producers, critics, and the public. The government insists that the new plan will bring great economic benefit to Canada’s entire cultural community, but John Doyle disagrees: “If you, the viewer, think that the federal government’s new screw-you tactic on Canadian TV production will matter little in terms of content or culture, you’re dead wrong.”