Friday, October 31, 2008

CRTC at it again

Once again, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will levy a new $0.50 a month tax on cable subscribers. The new tax is estimated to raise $60 million a year, which will be allocated to a new Local Programming Improvement Fund.

Oh, they will sell it as a fee from cable and satellite providers, but we all know it will be us poor subscribers who pay the freight. At the end of the day, who else is there?

It never ends, does it? Every time we turn around we are forced to subsidize someone or something in our so called culture industry. The end result is inevitable: poor on-air product.

After paying billions in tax to fund CBC every year so that we can receive left-wing biased programming that most Canadians pass up for American shows, we now have to reach into our pockets one more time to prop up companies that feed us a lot of crap with only a few gems (mostly US-sourced) thrown in.

When will our Conservative government start governing like conservatives?

[Read the full announcement here.]

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