A Canadian flag waves in the high winds in Dartmouth, N.S. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press.

Canada really is broken right now

There’s a profound sense of malaise in the country right now. Although it has economic roots, it also reflects a deeper sense that the basic features of Canadian life aren’t functioning as well as they have in the past and that government is largely responsible. 

CBC The National news anchors Ian Hanomansing, left, and Adrienne Arsenault rehearse a news cast in Toronto on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press.

The best mandate for the CBC may be no mandate at all

A review of the CBC should test the basic idea of a public broadcaster itself by returning to the initial case for government intervention in news and entertainment and judging whether it’s still applicable. The most important question shouldn’t be “What is the CBC?” but rather “Do we still need the CBC?”