In a previous blog entry, I gave details about Adam Buckley, a Canadian radio personality. I usually think of Canada as a better place to live than the USA, despite being up north with the harsh winters that come with that location. This is mainly due to it having a more socialist economy and no “Tea Party” insanity to screw up elections. But there is one thing about Canada I absolutely hate: its “Canadian content” laws which force radio stations to broadcast a certain percentage of music by Canadian artists. I did not even know they existed before learning about them from Buckley! While Canada has produced some great rock bands such as Rush, Loverboy and Nickleback, it has also produced……..Justin Bieber. And there are others far worse than him in Canada who do not deserve a hearing, but get one because the system is rigged in their favor. That in essence is cheating.
Watch this video:
Need I remind you that we Americans have a First Amendment for a reason? If freedom means anything in a society, a government should not be telling radio stations what to play!
Canadian content laws do not protect Canadian culture, they degrade it! Inferior artists from Canada that would never make a dent in American music markets are enabled to become fairly successful in their home country because of their government. This creates a false impression of what Canadian musical culture is about, that Canadians themselves in general are inferior people. Eventually, Canada will be the laughingstock of the rest of the world as more and more people learn of this nonsense. No one admires cheaters.
I hope most Canadian radio DJs form a union and rebel against these laws en masse, practicing civil disobedience in order to force Canada to repeal those laws, or lose most of its radio broadcasting.