Canadians Not Chickens but Boors

As reported in the Globe,

In my mind, sir, and in the minds of many of my colleagues and many, many Canadians,” said Mr. Batters during a Jan. 31 meeting of the Canadian Heritage committee, “the purpose of Telefilm is to help facilitate the making of films for mainstream Canadian society – films that Canadians can sit down and watch with their families in living rooms across this great country.

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  1. With luck and the right amount of ridicule this silly initiative might come to nothing. Does anyone know whether there are any proposed guidelines yet?

  2. Simon,

    It isn’t possible to ridicule these folk in a way that matters to them, except electorally. If it did, they wouldn’t do what they do. That, unfortunately, seems to nclude the Minister of Public Security, Robespierre …. oops, I mean, the Minister of Public Safety, S. Day and, apparently, the Minister of Justice Minister.

  3. The culprit is Bill C-10, currently at third reading in the Senate. Good luck locating the provision, though. Looks like you’ll need to dust off your trusts textbook to find out how this bill facilitates “closet censorship.”

  4. Someone should ask the folks at the heritage committee if they have ever had the occasion to attend a good old fashioned family book burning, the family can all roast marshmallows and sing koombaya together.

  5. Events swamped Slaw on this issue. The Globe’s initial story generated public awareness, and a massive facebook response ensued. Michael Geist also noted the issue, and he now reports that a hearing will be held on the matter.

  6. I like to think that it was your post that started the avalanche, Michael.