The CRTC's decisions on pick-and-pay TV are forecast to kill more than 15,000 good jobs, deal a $1.4-billion hit to Canada's GDP and slash $400-million in spending on Canadian TV shows—all while shrinking our cultural and democratic universe.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been conducting pre-budget consulations. One policy with economic ramifications is the CRTC's decision to allow pick-and-pay TV, says FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that his first priority is to grow the economy. Meanwhile, the CRTC is about to undermine that goal.
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