US On What Makes A Good Canadian Heritage Minister: Willing To Disappoint Canadians To Please Big Business

from the wow. dept

As a separate followup to the Wikileaks leak showing US influence on Canadian copyright issues, Michael Geist points us to a particularly ridiculous memo from the US embassy in Ontario, discussing the Canadian Heritage Minister at the time (in 2005, Liza Frulla) and her position on licensing for satellite radio, in which they make an observation on what makes a good Canadian Heritage minister:
Canadian Heritage ministers must be strong enough to disappoint that core constituency in order to strike compromises with other departments, primarily Industry Canada.
Yeah, read that again. They must be strong enough to disappoint the people they represent, in order to please big business. US politics at its finest. The same memo notes that Frulla might not be well suited for this role, because she's "too close to cultural-nationalist interests to handle the job effectively." Yes, how dare the Canadian Heritage minister actually care about national culture instead of big business...

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    crade (profile), 29 Apr 2011 @ 10:19am


    The U.S. is our military ally, and an important (essential?) trading partner, etc (the list goes on) and certainly we should be taking what is good for the U.S. into consideration with our policy when they ask for our help with stuff even if they don't always ask nicely.

    We really should also make sure we aren't being taken advantage of though and take what is good for Canada into account once in a while as well.

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