All hail CBC president and CEO Catherine Tait for fearlessly standing up for Canada at a parlous time when the American elephant thrashes and trumpets at the rest of the world. Go stomp on someone else was her message, and we should be proud.
Tait, who has spent her life in the Canadian broadcasting industry, had the nerve, the sheer audacity, to say out loud at an Ottawa television conference on Thursday that American cultural imperialism should not overwhelm us.
She singled out Netflix, a U.S. company telling American stories — some magnificent and some pure slurp — while saying that Canadians need to see their own drama, too. For that is Tait's mandate: "to continue to offer Canadians a broad spectrum of high-quality programming that informs, enlightens and entertains, and that is created by, for and about Canadians."
Stéphane Cardin, Netflix's director of public policy for Canada, was on the panel and said Netflix spent hundreds of millions of dollars on production in Canada, missing Tait's point that they're spent on American stories while Canadian ones are almost invisible. Americans have long used Canada as a faux American backdrop to save money.
For Americans, it's always about the money. But it isn't for us. It's more than that.