News Piece of Interest: Globe and Mail Focuses on Potential Changes to Canadian Culture Policy

Globe and Mail

Daniel Leblanc has released an in-depth analysis of the potential upcoming changes to cultural policy within the Canadian Federal Government, following an announcement that Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly will review its entire cultural infrastructure. The piece, entitled “Everything is on the Table”, was published in the Globe and Mail last month. One excerpt reads:

Announcing the launch of consultations with consumers and creators of cultural content, Ms. Joly said she is willing to change laws such as the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act, modify the mandates of the CRTC and the CBC, and create new laws or agencies, as needed. The scale of the coming upheaval hasn’t been seen in 25 years, since the Mulroney government revised the Broadcasting Act in 1991 at a time when no one could foresee the arrival of YouTube, Netflix and iTunes.

Ms. Joly said her ultimate goals are to foster the creation of Canadian content across the country, but also increase the international audience for Canadian creators.

“I think the current model is broken, and we need to have a conversation to bring it up to date and make sure we harness its full potential. For a long time, politicians have been afraid to deal with these difficult issues, but I don’t understand why it wasn’t done.… The issue is how can the government be relevant today, instead of being left behind,” Ms. Joly said.

You can read the full article here.

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