The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.Canada has been awash in cultural policy ideas of late. On the international front, Heritage minister Sheila Copps has been making slow progress in reaching agreement on a global accord for cultural diversity – one that would allow countries to maintain policies that pro-mote their cultural industries in a liberalized trade world.  Meanwhile back at home, her department is struggling to deal with a looming crisis at the Canadian Television Fund. Described by some as a ticking political time bomb, the CTF is awash in vested interests, and severely lacking in public accountability. Yet it is responsible for $200 million in public money (if you count cable subscriber fees as public money). Industry is rightly worried that unless something is done soon to deal with the governance issue at the CTF, the federal government could find itself in another HRDC-type scandal. And like HRDC, the government will have a tough time saying they weren’t warned of the problems early enough to remedy the situation. The remedy in this case must balance the competing interests of Canada’s television, film and new media communities, as well as the public interest obligations associated with the production of original Canadian content. Many bandaid solutions have been proposed, although most recognize that a long-term solution is needed to ensure public and private sector funding of cultural content is effective, efficient and accountable. One idea that is gaining credibility is transforming Telefilm Canada into a "super fund" that would be responsible for film, TV and new media funding. This revamped crown agency would also allow industry representation on its board of directors. From a logistical point of view, the idea has merit. Program producers would welcome a one-stop approach to funding, particularly as more projects incorporate various forms of media. The government’s first priority, however, is to make the CTF more accountable. If a scandal breaks before a longterm solution is implemented, the entire Canadian broadcast industry will be the main victim, not government.