"Arpin: I'm a news and documentary consumer. I'm not that interested in televised fiction or even feature films. I would prefer to read a novel.It doesn't really mean that he doesn't like television. I'm a bit of a news junkie myself and read far more than I watch TV, but then I'm not the chief regulator of television in this country.
There is some talk at Complications Ensue: The Crafty TV and Screenwriting Blog about going all Yan Martel on his ass - sending him entire series of Canadian programs on DVD. I have doubts though that if he would watch them if he doesn't like television (just like I suspect that Mr. Harper hasn't read any of the books sent to him).
I don't think that this job requires that Mr. Arpin be an advocate. However there are few enough original Canadian series produced that he should at least not dislike television. If only he'd said "I don't like reality television" then we'd be in business.