“Wouldn’t you agree that the most important thing is the ability of Canadians, who provide a billion dollars a year to the CBC, to access information and stories about themselves? Whether it’s Quebec, Atlantic Canada, the West or the North, they’re interested in knowing more about their own country and in learning about their history, and to talk about their future and to understand each other. That’s the primary reason for the CBC, I think.
“Isn’t there another way you could deliver the same thing and maybe even better, which is that instead of providing the billion dollars to the CBC, you provide it to content providers, producers who make the stories, and then you mandate that private networks through content regulations or what have you carry those stories, so you wouldn’t then need a CBC?”
Senator Stephen Greene