When Canada was negotiating the Free Trade Agreement with the United States in 1987 (CUSFTA), one of the final sticking points was Canada’s insistence on having an exemption for cultural industries. Canada won that battle and (mostly) preserved the right of Canadian governments to develop and implement a range of cultural policy measures. We have content quotas, financial subsidies, public cultural agencies, investment measures prohibiting non-Canadian ownership of certain firms, requirements for broadcasters (which became profitable behind CRTC protections) to contribute financially to Canadian content production, and many others. The purpose of our policies is not to be exclusionary. We remain the most open market in the world for cultural works from abroad. Rather, they seek to ensure our storytellers have the capacity and opportunity to bring high quality works to the market and to ensure audiences, in Canada and abroad, have access to these works.
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Sun News Network host Ezra Levant recently accused Maude Barlow and the Council of Canadians of corruption for accepting grants from U.S. foundations.