All Parliament / Legislation Articles

Dec 5, 2016 — News Article

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.

Dec 4, 2016 — News Article

Two theories about Trump's winning media strategy by John Doyle

Columnist says Donald Trump was a crucible for the disgruntlement, no matter how the message was distributed.

Dec 2, 2016 — News Article

The Conservatives have slaughtered sacred cows before. If they target CBC, they can do it again by Chris Selley

While Conservative leadership candidate proposes to reform the CBC as an ad-free broadcaster focused on “what only it can do” in a modern media market, others in the party have assailed him for not calling to dismantle Mother Corp. outright.

Dec 2, 2016 — News Article

Ad-free CBC could serve as a rallying point for Canadian creativity by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that if the Liberals decide CBC can drop the ads, they need to make sure the public broadcaster gets the money it needs to fulfill their mandate.

Dec 1, 2016 — News Article

Memo to Kellie Leitch: Nothing more ‘un-Canadian’ than dismantling the CBC by Harrison Samphir

Columnist says the CBC’s real value cannot rationally be measured simply by the amount of profit it generates.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Melanie Joly’s tough choice on Canadian content: New thinking or new taxes by Michael Geist

Columnist says groups such as ACTRA, the Writers Guild of Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association and the Directors Guild of Canada argue that the government should require Netflix to contribute a percentage of its revenues toward the creation of Canadian content.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Ambrose Tells Trudeau To 'Just Say No' To Giving CBC $400M In Additional Funding by Ryan Maloney

Federal Conservatives are urging the Liberal government not to give the CBC/Radio Canada more than $400 million in additional annual funding so that the public broadcaster can go ad-free.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Creators: 'Our Letter' To Heritage Minister Joly, with Complete Signatories List

Letter to the Heritage Minister says income and profit from digital use of creators' work flows away from the creative class to a concentrated technology industry.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Stars United: New Cultural Policies Must Reflect Creative Class Concerns

In an unprecedented show of solidarity, a coalition of 1,100 Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors, and other members of the creative class have signed a joint letter addressed to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, pressing the government to put the focus on Canada's creators front in new cultural policies being developed.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Heritage will study CBC's ad-free proposal: Joly by Beatrice Britneff

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly tells the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage  that her department will study a request the CBC submitted to the federal government asking for an extra $318 million in annual funding to move to an ad-free model.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Dismantling or diminishing CBC is the most elitist position of all by John Doyle

Columnist says one must live in the bubble of the well-off establishment to be blind to the CBC’s importance.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

The CBC’s answer to its privileged status — more privilege and an extra $400 million please by Kelly McParland

Columnist says CBC is a “cultural ecosystem” in which a privileged few thrive behind a protective fence of government support, safe from the demands and dangers of competition that bedevil the other side of the divide.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Canada’s creative industries join together to form Focus On Creators coalition, release joint letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Corey Poole

A growing list of nearly 1,100 musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors and other members of the creative class have signed a joint letter addressed to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, urging the Canadian Government to put creators at the heart of our cultural policy.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch calls for the CBC to be dismantled by John Edwards

The Simcoe-Grey MP and Conservative leadership candidate said she put the public broadcaster on notice that, if she becomes prime minister, the CBC is unlikely to exist in its current form.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Canadian musicians, writers ask federal government to fix creativity business by Kate Taylor

A group of 1,000 Canadian artists will issue an open letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly Tuesday asking Ottawa to remember creators as it revises its cultural policies.


Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate must be reviewed first

Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of TVA Group says a priority should be to review and clarify CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate to make sure it complements the private broadcasters rather than competing with them.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

CBC president defends ad-free proposal, asks Ottawa for $400M to 'unshackle' broadcaster

CBC President Hubert Lacroix thinks the CBC's business model is broken and is asking the government for additional funding so that the public broadcaster can stop advertising across its platforms.

Nov 28, 2016 — News Article

Unlike some rivals, Chong says CBC plays vital national unity role by Janice Dickson

Conservative leadership contender defends broadcaster amid calls for cutbacks from rivals.

Nov 25, 2016 — News Article

Radio-Canada host Guy Lepage calls Maxime Bernier an 'idiot' by BJ Siekierski

In promoting his CBC/Radio-Canada policy Thursday on the Quebec radio station FM93, Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier said he would not prioritize talk shows like Radio-Canada’s popular Tout Le Monde En Parle — leading the show’s host to call him an “idiot” on social media.

Nov 25, 2016 — News Article

CBC reform deserves debate

Editorial states the CBC has played an important role in the history and development of Canada’s identity but argues the public broadcaster needs to change.