Sun News Network will begin to make its case for mandatory carriage in front of the CRTC on Tuesday.

Mandatory carriage would force cable companies to give the news channel a prominent spot on digital and analog basic cable service, making it easier to find the channel on your TV.

If approved, the channel would be able to collect a fee of 18 cents a month from English cable subscribers — money it says it needs to remain sustainable and on the air.

Sun News wants to force Rate Payers to keep it solvent; so much for free market competition yes?