After 30 years, we've got a new Broadcasting Act. And it falls short.
Heritage Minister Guilbeault has introduced major amendments to the Broadcasting Act. His stated objective was to require companies like Netflix to finance Canadian content. But the fact is the new law falls short in several important ways that could perpetuate the status quo.
The new law also weakens our ability to hold Big Tech responsible for broadcasting illegal content, guts Canadian ownership provisions, and does nothing to modernize the mandate of the CBC.
While bill described by the Minister sounds good, the text of the bill isn't as advertised. However, we have every reason to believe that the Minister's heart is in the right place, so let's help him and the whole of the Heritage Committee to improve the bill in this minority Parliament before it becomes law.
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