John Doyle: Whither Canadian culture: Where’s the quality?

In the matter of Canadian culture, we are eternally fixated on rational approaches and consensus. That’s a problem. Since we already have an eternal identity problem, rational approaches are, essentially, mere time-wasting.Last week, I was off work, sick for a few days. It was an odd experience to morph from being jet-lagged after returning from Ireland to being a feverish, hacking, coughing mess. But it was the ideal state of mind to pay loose attention to a hearing of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, and the Department of Canadian Heritage’s ongoing roadshow of “consultations” about “Canadian Content in a Digital World.”

Yes, deeply surreal, both of them. Mind-bending and frustrating to absorb.Part of the frustration is the gnawing sense that a year after the Liberal government was elected with a solid majority, not much is actually happening. Especially in the area of arts and culture. …