Thank you, Madam Chair.
My thanks to the witnesses for joining us today. The fact that you are here in great numbers for the entire hour speaks well to the extent to which you participate in the industry in this country.
Do you agree with my position that we are living in a time when the system is being seriously questioned? You rightly noted that a lot of people are blaming you. Your company is the major player and it often gets the blame for a number of things. However, I feel that it is appropriate for a business to make money. That is why you exist, and your shareholders are happy to see a return on their investments.
Clearly, we must all pay attention to the health of our system. In your presentation, you brought up some points in support of the fact that things are getting difficult, even for you. At the very end of your presentation, you said that you could not agree more with someone who said that traditional media were experiencing very considerable losses in advertising.
Do we agree that the system is based on the fact that the public airwaves are managed by a government agency to make sure that the country is represented and it is all based on an advertising market so that content can be provided at the best cost? With that said, do you wonder how, in our system, we can come to a decision such as the one the CRTC made to broadcast the Super Bowl including the American commercials?
Everyone here must have the health of our system at heart. Everyone involved has to make money, whether it is the performers, the reporters, the broadcasters, the distributors or anyone else. Everyone has to earn a living and to do so in the best interests of the country. However, how do we explain that we have reached the point where the CRTC chair can suggest something like that? Seen from that perspective, we wonder what is in it for you and for Canadians, except to see the Super Bowl's super ads.