The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.Despite all the recent political and public pressure on Radio-Canada for losing the rights to broadcast Montreal Canadiens games on Saturday nights, the public broadcaster is taking the right stance. CBC president/CEO Robert Rabinovitch should stay the course and not be swayed into a bad TV deal.  The deal offered for over 120 Montreal Canadiens games is not one that suits a public broadcaster, funded by all taxpayers. As Rabinovitch stated to a Parliamentary committee this week, the CBC cannot kowtow to the biddings of the Habs and the National Hockey League and transform into a hockey network. CBC executive Michèle Fortin further noted that the public broadcaster has received notes from viewers urging it to not try too hard to resolve the dispute as many Canadians prefer to see other Canadian stories and events. By the same token, the CBC must not play into the hands of private sports channel Le Réseau des sports (RDS), which is banking on cutting a deal with the public broadcaster to make its own contract more financially feasible. The CBC should brace itself for political fallout, and not sign a deal with RDS if it doesn’t make sense. Several members of the Joint Committee on Official Languages have suggested that the arrangement discriminates against Franco-phones. They point out that English Canadians will be watching Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays on CBC for free, while Francophones wanting to see the Habs will have to pay for RDS. This is an argument that Canadian Heritage minister Sheila Copps, who has waxed lyrical about the need to reflect Canada’s many cultures on the TV screen, will buy. She is furious that the Habs won’t be broadcast nationally on Radio-Canada. But as one member of the committee stated, this is not a case of discrimination as Hockey Night in Canada doesn’t serve all English-speaking Canadians equally. Just ask any Ottawa Senators fan subjected to regular coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s really a case of the NHL and the Habs trying to take advantage of the free market. The government must refrain from pushing Radio-Canada into a deal with them that is not good for itself or the majority of Canadians.