I will start with the last part of your question. The opting-out provision already exists. The digital system allows people to purchase the services they want, and that could eventually extend to conventional channels. I think it is a philosophical question. The Canadian broadcasting system ensures that conventional channels are available to everyone. That is part of a basic service. If ever we decide to abolish that basic service, that would be a different story. As we have said, that would require an in-depth review. If ever it were to come to that, the CRTC would have to be given the mandate to carry out such a review and analyze all potential impacts. You cannot simply float an idea, as I have seen others do before your committee. It has been suggested to take what is paid to specialty channels and give it to conventional broadcasters. Honestly, who do they think they are? We have taken risks and are now enjoying success. So why should they be entitled to our revenues? If they haven't been as successful, why should we foot the bill?
On May 4th, 2009. See this statement in context.