The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The leadership battle between prime ministerial hopefuls Sheila Copps and John Manley has left the systemic problems in the financing of Canadian film and television in general, and the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) in particular, unaddressed. While a well-orchestrated media briefing by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) recently presented the picture of a united front on the issue of reduced federal contributions to the CTF, members of the "official" industry panel steered clear of criticizing an industry that could apparently be crippled by this one change (see Newsmakers). Word has it that part of their strategy was to remain neutral and not give Manley’s people anything to criticize about a program developed under Copps.   CFTPA president/CEO Elizabeth McDonald sidestepped a reporter’s question on the effect of rules changing to meet broadcasters’ priorities and the way the overall system worked by restorting to the adage that "there clearly is a demand for Canadian stories." It was the industry players, who weren’t part of the official presentation, who noted deficiencies in the way the system and the CTF operate. Seaton McLean, president of production at Alliance Atlantis Communications and an attendee at the media conference, put it bluntly: "So my point and everybody’s else’s point, the system is fucked. So we’ve got to change the system." Linda Schuyler of Epitome Pictures also touched on the overall problems in the system in a letter to the prime minister that asked for more money but pledged in return to address issues with the CTF and problems facing drama (CCR Update, April 16/03). What the cut in government funding has done is exemplify structural flaws in the operation of the CTF and other government film and TV funding mechanisms. Now that the structural flaws have been amplified so much, it’s time to start rectifying them. Problems with the funding system should have been directly addressed by the panel during the media conference. Not much sympathy can be extended to an industry that continues to ask for the money, but won’t address and/or pledge to fix a system that clearly needs to be revamped.