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e-2335 (Media and telecommunications)

Initiated by Aaron Grim from Surrey, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is paid approximately $1.2 billion of taxpayer money annually and had a loss of 14.5% in 2018-2019, while the Government of Canada has spent $15 billion per year more than promised in 2015, and while 50% of Canadian families are $200 away from insolvency;
  • The CBC is vulnerable to lawsuits, such as the $2.5 million paid to Dr. Leenan in 2000, especially after attempting to sue the Conservative Party in 2019, for which the taxpayer is liable;
  • The CBC does not reflect the identity and consciousness of its national audience, nor does the CBC adequately promote Canadian content, as in its mandate;
  • The CBC is politically biased and was proven so during the 2019 federal election when the CBC sued the Conservative Party of Canada for using media approved for use by government policies;
  • Ralf Kiefel, a former CBC director, quoted “If left unchecked, [the CBC] can develop biases”; and
  • The Liberal government promised $600 million to fund only select media companies right before the 2019 federal election, which could only lead to political bias and was motivated by the fact that it would create a political advantage for the Liberal Party of Canada.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to listen to the request of the people that all funding of media companies in Canada, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, immediately be stopped, and that media companies be given no further public funding whatsoever.
Open for signature
February 24, 2020, at 3:36 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 25, 2020, at 3:36 p.m. (EDT)
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