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BANFF 2022: Heritage minister pitches C-11, avoids addressing opposition


By Bill Roberts BANFF – Today the Banff World Media Festival (BWMF) featured a brief, whistle-stop appearance by Pablo Rodriguez (above), minister of Canadian Heritage. Valerie Creighton, president and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, and a strong advocate for Bill C-11, The Online Streaming Act, provided his introduction – but not before extolling “the stellar job” done by BWMF staff in organizing the in-person event and breaking out into several bars of delightful song! It appeared to me to be a riff on the old Frank Sinatra Summer Wind, but with revamped lyrics appealing to the promise and possibilities...