The ad urges federal party leaders to Unfriend Facebook by closing a tax loophole that subsidizes the price of ads sold by foreign internet media giants with 1.6 billion public dollars a year. The ad also directs readers to a national petition campaign.
“The federal government spends more on subsidies of foreign media companies that pollute our democracy than it spends on the CBC, which upholds it. These subsidies to the likes of Facebook are also worth more than 10 times the government’s rescue package for print media”, says Daniel Bernhard, FRIENDS’ Executive Director. “This is not a conservative or progressive issue. It’s a backbone issue. We are calling on all party leaders close the internet advertising tax loophole. Stop funding the companies that poison our democracy, and get serious about supporting the medicine that will save it: fearless, professional, Canadian journalism.”