Sept. 23, 2021
Speaking at Unifor Media Council Wednesday, National President Jerry Dias committed the union to picking up the fight for a stable media sector in the wake of this week’s federal election.
“I have already been on the phone with the PMO,” Dias told the online gathering. “We are going to continue to fight for the future of your industry.”
Dias said the push for passage of Bill C-10 will continue now that the federal election is over. The bill is an important step in leveling the playing field between Canadian broadcasters and massive foreign digital giants such as Netflix, Amazon and others.
“It is going to get done,” Dias said, adding he will work with media companies and push the government hard to ensure the bill gets passed after several delays in previous years.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during the election to reintroduce the bill within the first 100 days of the new government, and Unifor has committed to holding the Prime Minister’s Office to that.
Dias also highlighted the work by Unifor, with the International Federation of Journalists and the Journalists for Human Rights, to get Afghan journalists and their families to Canada safely.