Canadian media issues, pledges stable funding for CBC

VICTORIA – This week the Green Party is talking about national ideas and issues that the broadcasters don’t want debated in this election, and that won’t be discussed if the Green Party is excluded from the leaders debate. Speaking in front of the CBC studios in Victoria, B.C. today, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May spoke out on the crisis in Canadian media and pledged $450 million in stable funding for Canada’s national broadcaster.

“Concentration in Canadian media, corporate control of news content, slashing of local news content, and the slow funding starvation of our national broadcaster – these are issues the corporate TV executives would rather not see come up in this election. These are issues Canadians will not hear discussed if I am excluded from the national leader’s debate,” said May.

The full Green Party platform and budget, to be released April 11, will include a three-year investment in the CBC: $100 million in 2011-2012, $150 million in 2012-2013, and $$200 million in 2013-2014. The investment will provide the CBC with stable base funding so it can continue to provide quality Canadian content television and radio programming in both official languages.

“In the past three decades, all across Canada, our newsrooms have been gutted, quality local coverage has dwindled to almost nothing, and the executives of massive media empires decide what stories Canadians can and cannot hear. We’re seeing the result in this no-issues election,” said May. “The other party leaders won’t talk about this but I will, and if elected I will address the issue in part by investing in stable funding for our national broadcaster."

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Contacts:

Kieran Green
Director of Communications
Green Party of Canada
613-614-4916
Kieran.green@greenparty.ca 

Camille Labchuk
Deputy Director of Communications
Green Party of Canada
613-562-4916 x 229
camille@greenparty.ca