Prime Minister Trudeau, Heritage Minister Guilbeault; Members of the Heritage Committee; Your MP
Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Guilbeault, Members of the Heritage Committee,
As someone who cares deeply about protecting Canadian journalism and culture, I was pleased to see that the Heritage Minister is making changes to the Broadcasting Act. An update to the act is essential for the survival of Canadian stories both online and offline.
The proposed changes to the Act don't do enough to protect public broadcasting and compel Netflix and other big tech companies to play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. In fact, a number of amendments are necessary to improve the act.
Specifically, please consider amendments to:
• Compel the CRTC to use its authority to regulate web giants;
• Ensure CBC is fundamentally non-commercial and produces predominantly Canadian content;
• Remove the exemption that allows Facebook and other platforms that publish user-generated content to continue circulating hate speech, death threats, and other illegal content.
Any updated Broadcasting Act that doesn't tackle these key issues isn't doing enough to defend Canadian broadcasting, culture and journalism.
I hope I can count on all parties to put aside partisanship and work towards an update Canada - the survival of our culture depends on it.