Politicians and bureaucrats shouldn’t tell Canadians what we can and can’t watch
One of the best things about being an adult is that there are fewer people around to tell you what to do. Unfortunately, that attitude often doesn’t extend to the government, who seem to see themselves as parents and citizens as their children.
That attitude can be seen all across government, in the many regulations designed to “protects us,” from ourselves.
The government doesn’t treat us like adults, and that’s why they’re always trying to push their foolish “solutions” on us.
And that’s where the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) comes in.
The CRTC has no place in the modern world
We live in a world where information can be sent around the world instantly. The old TV networks are falling apart as new competitors like Amazon, Netflix, and more give people the shows they want, when they want it.
Individual content creators are more powerful than ever, as people can create their own YouTube shows or websites easier than ever before.
And yet, the CRTC doesn’t seem to get it.
They still try to control what we watch, what networks show, what commercials we can see, and control the permits that are given based on all their bureaucratic rules.
It makes no sense.
Why should a bunch of politicians and bureaucrats get to decide what you can watch, or what the content of the TV networks should be?
Consider the recent debate about Superbowl ads. There is a big fight between Bell and the CRTC, to decide whether the CRTC should “allow” Canadians to see the American Superbowl ads.
In this case, the CRTC is arguing for letting Canadians see the ads, while Bell wants CRTC to block it.
But the real issue isn’t who is arguing for each position. The issue is that there is a government institution that decides whether or not to “allow” us to watch certain commercials.
Why should we be blocked from seeing those commercials? Isn’t this supposed to be a free country? A free and open society isn’t compatible with a massive government bureaucracy deciding what to “allow” us to watch.
The CRTC has no place in a modern, free society.
That’s why it needs to be scrapped.
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