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
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...