Tait was joined onstage by Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) president Reynolds Mastin, Corus Entertainment president and CEO Doug Murphy, Bell Media president of content and programming Mike Cosentino, and Netflix Canada director of public policy Stéphane Cardin.
Cardin, a former vice president of public and industry relations for the Canada Media Fund (CMF) who joined Netflix in August 2018, said he disagreed with Tait’s comments about Netflix.
He argued that the streaming giant is still involved in producing Canadian content even if the company isn’t physically located in Canada.
Referencing the Trailer Park Boys franchise picked up by Netflix in its eighth season, Cardin asked whether the franchise still counts as Canadian content now that it’s available on the streaming giant’s platform.
“Does that make it such that Trailer Park Boys is no longer Canadian?” asked Cardin.
Cardin added that “No one has the monopoly or the authority to tell a true Canadian story.”