Various arguments floating around SunTV and its attempt to secure mandatory carriage. There is the obvious hypocrisy, given past statements about said mandatory carriage. As well, there are philosophical arguments about corporate welfare, the need to move away from the traditional TV fee model, not reinforce it here. What is mostly missing from the discussion is the single biggest issue to my mind, the fact SunTV is a "arm" of a political party, it is unabashed in its political leanings, which makes the idea of forcing its views on everyone completely offensive and patently obscene.
SunTV doesn't attempt to find balance, it is bold and unapologetic in its leanings. This stance is fine, advocacy is acceptable and necessary. However, when we move from expression of a political view to the idea that all taxpayers should support a particular bias, actually fund what amounts to propaganda, the CRTC has no choice but to reject such an affront. The SunTV lineup is a nightly buffet of conservatism, there is no grey are, apart from token examples, the network is conservative and nobody disputes this fact. If there is consensus on this point, then the idea of mandatory carriage is fundamentally ridiculous. While there is a certain ambiguity about other news networks, SunTV is defined, it is a vehicle, its modus operandi is to promote the right wing ideals. This assertion isn't made up or contrived, it is simply regurgitation of what original proponents argued to justify the network's presence, their own words betray the calculations and inherent bias.
As I write, right wingers are being urged to contact the CRTC and push for mandatory carriage for SunTV. Should the CRTC actually grant SunTV this status, it would represent a complete bastardization of their mandate, it would equate to the lowest moment in its existence. At the CORE, the CRTC would be validating the idea that the state sponsors narrow ideological expressions, it funds self interested propaganda. SunTV isn't like the other news networks, to make the connection relies on a lazy superficiality under the "news" banner, any depth at all reveals an entirely different animal. This "decision" by the CRTC should be an easy one, should it decide to force SunTV on all of us, it would lose any sense of neutrality and its credibility will be in question.