There is a parallel between the increasing influence and availability of Netflix programming worldwide and the colonialism of the British and French empires, CBC President Catherine Tait said on Thursday.
He compared Netflix's worldwide growth to the "start of a new empire" when he came to a panel organized by the Canadian Media Manufacturers Association in Ottawa, together with Stéphane Cardin, Netflix, Canada's public policy director.
The content giant boasts on its website that its streaming service is available in almost all countries except China. Netflix says the company's revenue in 2018 rose by 35 percent to $ 16 billion.
"So I would just go for a little script," Taita told the audience, "because I am thinking of the British Empire, and if you were there and you would be an Indian deputy, you think you are just doing good for the Indian people."
"If you were in French Africa," she continued, "you think," I educated them, I took their resources to the world, and I helped them. ""
She admitted that Netflix's growth has contributed to today's "most exciting time-tested entertainment … so we are very grateful to Netflix."
However, she warned that a foreign company taking on an increasingly important role in the national cultural industry has a price.
"Quickly move on to what is happening to imperialism and the damage that can be done to local communities," said Taits. "So, all I would say is note how we, as Canadians, respond to global companies entering our country."
The colleague Panelsist Cardin seemed to shatter his head by comparing the streaming service with previous empires. Audience members were heard by expressing their views on Tait's comments.
Meanwhile, Netflix refused to comment on the unanimous proposal adopted on Wednesday at the Chancellery, demanding that the company remove all images of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy from its fantasy catalog and compensate for the victims of the disaster.
The company turned to Quebec after discovering that at least two fictional products available on its streaming platform included stock footage and an explosion that killed 47 people in 2013.
"We have no comments on this topic," the company representative replied by email.
Quebec Minister of Culture Nathalie Roy and Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin also asked Netflix to remove the images.
However, Netflix apologized for not being informed about the source of the material and has agreed to take steps to avoid its use in the future.