A Canadian friend writes, after reviewing the video, that "Sun News is trying to be Fox News North. The Gillis interview occurred in more-or-less their first week on the air and everyone agreed the vitriol was meant to attract publicity."
After your comment, I looked to learn more about reactions to the interview itself. I don't watch Sun News, and I am not even sure it's available. In any event, its viewership was and likely remains small. Analysis: So far at least, this Sun doesn’t shine on TV
What if they launched an all-news channel and hardly anyone watched?
The fledgling right-wing Sun News Network has barely registered on the audience charts since its launch April 18, with its ratings falling to as few as 4,000 viewers after its first week on the air.
But media analysts say the early numbers may not matter all that much in the longer run.
That’s because the low-budget digital channel will draw most of its revenue from subscribers who sign up for specialty offerings bundled together by satellite and cable TV carriers.
I believe the interview occurred 1 June 2011 and the station began broadcasting mid April 2011. Your point about the station possibly
wanting to garner attention, however, survives.
It's interesting to note that the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council was overwhelmed with complaints.Complaints re interview with Margie Gillis on Sun News Network
This note is directed to those persons who:
may be contemplating the filing of a complaint with the CBSC regarding the interview with Margie Gillis on an episode of Canada Live; or
have filed such a complaint since June 8.
While the CBSC wishes to thank everyone who has taken the time to send a complaint to the CBSC concerning the Krista Erickson interview with Margie Gillis on an episode of Canada Live, the volume of complaints already sent to us exceeds the Council’s resources.
Here's an informative response:Sun News, Margie Gillis and misinformation
Anyone who watched the SunNews interview with Margie Gillis was not only treated to a whole whack of spray tan and shouting, they also heard a lot of misinformation about the arts community. Despite her best efforts, Gillis' saint-like patience couldn't quite cut through interviewer Krista Erickson's agenda, and today, the Canadian Dance Assembly National Council sent a myth-busting document to members of the media.
1) The cultural sector has about 600,000 workers, which is about double the level of employment in the forestry sector in Canada (300,000) and more than double the level of employment in Canadian banks (257,000).
Source: A Statistical Profile of Artists in Canada: Based on the 2006 Census, Hill Strategies Research, 2009
I encourage you to view the last link that outlines five key benefits or factors for supporting dance. I also encourage you to read some of the readers' comments to the article. While some objected to the interview, there were a couple of responses out of the 12 that questioned tax payer funding. (There were 13 responses, with one being a blank edit.)
It was definitely a hard-hitting and uncomfortable interview. I hope it causes people to discuss the role of the arts in our society.