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Tories Move to Block Network TV Charges or Interfere in Their Prized “Free Market”.

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Globe and Mail: Isn’t it strange how quickly the Tories jump in to ensure the consumer doesn’t associate their party with any sort of new television fees with a potential fall election loaming yet seem to cling to their ridiculous belief in their version of a “free market” system.

Why is the CRTC even involved. Let the free market work it out. That seems to be the Tory mantra when corporations have the upper hand. Turn the tables in favour of the consumer and all of a sudden their needs to be hearings and legislative measures to address the problem.

Since the CRTC relaxed Canadian spending and content requirements in 1999, Canadian drama has all but disappeared as private broadcasters steadily increased their consumption of U.S. series. In 2000, English-language private conventional broadcasters spent $422.3 million on foreign/U.S. programming. By 2008 they were spending 61% more on foreign programming than on Canadian – a record $739.7 million on American shows. – ACTRA

Canadian RE-broadcasting system is a joke. The networks spend nearly a BILLION dollars on US programming yet they can’t seem to find the “cents” they cry they need to save their failing business models.

I wonder what the Tories are attempting to morph into these days?

Mr. “No Coalition” Harper sure changes his tune about coalitions when he needs those Separatists to survive. I guess coalitions are only bad for Canada when they involve Liberals and New Democrats.

What an unbelievable, interventionist, HYPOCRITE! Free markets my ass!

UPDATE: Canada’s own Post Turtle survives a Confidence Vote with the support of the socialists and separatists! What’s a Post Turtle you ask?

From Globe and Mail comment:

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who’s hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually, the topic got around to Ignatieff and his bid to be the PM of Canada.

The old rancher said, ‘Well, ya know, he’s a ‘Post Turtle”. Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a ‘post turtle’ was.
The old rancher said, ‘When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle’.

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor’s face so he continued to explain.
. . . ‘You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, and he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with’.

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Written by mattliving

September 18, 2009 at 9:06 am

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