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We can make sure CBC/Radio-Canada is truly public, with fewer ads, more news, and more independence.
CBC/Radio-Canada is the beating heart of our country. CBC/Radio-Canada brings local, regional and national news to every corner of the country, and it’s fictional programming, like Schitt’s Creek, Anne with An E and Kim’s Convenience, are racking up accolades and awards worldwide.
But the CBC is in a precarious position, and it’s losing its public focus. Ads are everywhere, especially online. News spending is down. Local coverage is waning. Transparency is at an all-time low. And as the cost of producing quality drama skyrockets, CBC’s flatlining budget makes it harder and harder to tell our own stories with each passing day.
Canada needs public service media that is truly public. Here’s how we do it:
We want to restore CBC/Radio-Canada, and return its focus to public service.
We can level the playing field so more money flows back into Canada to invest in our great Canadian stories.
Canada’s biggest broadcasters aren’t Canadian. More and more, Canadians are tuning into Netflix, Amazon, Disney, and other foreign streaming services to unwind. These companies make over $1 billion per year in Canada, but have no legal obligation to finance original Canadian content, contrary to traditional broadcasters. They do invest here (when they feel like it), but dressing up Toronto to look like New York does nothing to advance Canadian culture and society.
Canada needs to force foreign streaming services to invest their fair share in original Canadian storytelling. Here’s how we do it.
We want to secure the future of Canadian storytelling for the next generation.
We need credible Canadian journalism. Democracy depends on it. We can protect it.
Canadian news is disappearing at an alarming rate. In the past ten years, half our daily papers have closed. Half of the journalistic workforce has been laid off. More than 3000 media workers have been laid off since the start of the pandemic. But it isn’t about the jobs, it’s about the stories that won’t be told, the power left unchecked, and the communities unconnected right across Canada.
Decency and democracy can’t exist without truthful, trustworthy journalism. The Trump era showed us what can happen to society when truth disappears, and we’d be wise to avoid making the same mistake in Canada.
Canada needs strong, credible, Canadian journalism to sustain our democracy, connect us to each other, and help Canadian society to progress and develop along its own path. Here’s how we do it:
We want to protect Canada’s decent, democratic society by reversing the disappearance of credible journalism across the country.
Hate, death threats, and violence have no place in traditional or social media.
Canadian media obey the law. If they publish something untrue, they can get sued. They don’t publish incitements to violence, child sexual abuse material, or other illegal content not only because it’s unethical, but also because it’s illegal. If they did, they’d end up in jail. Canada’s desire to be a fair, decent, and democratic society depends on enforcement of these rules.
Social media has thrown centuries of Canadian law and tradition out the window. Facebook and YouTube regularly broadcast material that would land any Canadian company in court: hate, incitements to violence, death threats, terrorist recruiting material, child sexual abuse material, revenge porn – you name it. These companies insist that their self-serving “community standards,” which comply with American law, take precedence over Canadian law and the will of the Canadian people.
Canada needs to enforce its own laws, and its own values, online. Here’s how we do it:
We want Canadian laws and Canadian values to govern all media equally, ending Big Tech’s impunity for breaking our laws.
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