Nobody is forcing anyone to pirate the content... the only thing that drives anyone to pirate content merely because it isn't being delivered to them under their preferred terms is a sense of entitlement to that content.
I think you may be missing the point here - they are actually paying for that content right now and they want to continue to pay for that content.
What's the argument? Not a lot of apps? That's an argument in its favor with the federal government.
Have you ever put a Blackberry owner in a room with a Google or iPhone zealot? Certainly the majority of people use their phone and plenty think it's great without trying to convince everyone they need to switch immediately, but this woman comes from Google's Google Glass division, so of course she'll claim that moving anyone towards Google is an 'upgrade'. I'm certainly interested to hear her explain how moving from, arguably, the most secure phone, to the phone with the most malware is an 'upgrade'.
Most of our cable/sat content is American (less CanCon) which is why we are used to it.
Yea, folks that live within a few hours of the border are used to American content since 99% of their TV comes from the US. There are millions of Canadians that primarily consume US content since there's more of it available. I knew as much about the United States gubernatorial elections as I did about our domestic elections.
They could easily not block IP addresses that are sourced from within the country of the target content and simply leave it at "we're not responsible for policing this" and see what happens. They are certainly testing this option with the CRTC here in Canada.
Sure you can see a movie alone, it feels really weird.
Strangely enough, it doesn't feel weird when I'm in a foreign country or out of town. When you think of the movie going experience, with the exception of comedies and perhaps romcoms, you're fully focused on the screen in an independent way so it seems the greatest aspect of what 'feels weird' is the consideration for what perception others may have for 'you' going to the movies by yourself.