The government must ensure a continued place for Canadian programming in the Canadian broadcasting system, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) told the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage studying the state of the broadcasting system on May 9. "From the CFTPA’s perspective, the single most important element of the Broadcasting Act is its encouragement of the creation and exhibition of Canadian programming," said CFTPA chair Julia Keatley. "Otherwise, the system would be driven purely by commercial forces and we would end up with the same proportion of foreign content on our television screens that we see in our movie theaters, where the offering is 98 per cent foreign."
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