We Choose Canada
Our public broadcaster exists to “inform, enlighten, and entertain” Canadians but it’s practically on life support after 30 years of cuts. The BBC receives $100 per person per year! Norway’s public broadcaster gets $162 per year. But CBC gets a measly $34!
Instead of funding professional Canadian journalism to tell our truth and stories, Ottawa is throwing billions at Silicon Valley monopolies that profit from spreading fake news and extremism. When you add it all up, the tax breaks and exemptions the federal government gifts to companies like Facebook and Google are worth more than double what we invest in our national public broadcaster.
We have two problems:
- Facebook is besieging our democracy with misinformation and extreme content, at the very moment when Canadian journalism is facing extinction.
- Unregulated broadcasters like Netflix are Americanizing our screens. They make great TV, but they aren’t required to follow the same rules Canadian broadcasters must comply with. We don’t even ask them to!
A strong CBC, and a healthy independent media with enough funding to fight misinformation and tell great Canadian stories about our communities across the land can address these two problems.
Foreign corporations can’t be trusted to put Canada’s interests first. It’s time to put the Canadian people back in charge. The future of Canadian journalism and culture should be one that we choose.
Join our campaign to put Canada back in charge of our own culture and democracy. Let’s make Silicon Valley play by our rules, and let’s double down on CBC to give us the shamelessly Canadian news and programming we need.
Friends’ work is powered by our dedicated volunteers. Our heartfelt thanks to Kady Denton for rallying supporters behind #WeChoose at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market!
Friends’ loyal volunteers brought #WeChoose to the world’s richest rodeos at the Calgary Stampede Breakfast!
Our volunteers in Peterborough, Kelowna and Calgary celebrated Canada Day by spreading the message that We Choose CBC and our own media and culture. Join the campaign today!
Friends supporters in Waterloo joined our Executive Director Daniel Bernhard to learn more about our #WeChoose campaign and the digital media crisis at a screening of Digital Disconnect.
#WeChoose supporters came out strong at our Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas meeting last night!
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Urge Ottawa to commit to funding CBC so it can fight misinformation and tell great Canadian stories from our communities.