Elections often end up in a discussion about “what’s in your wallet?” If you work in the media, this federal election doubles down on
pocketbook issues. It’s more like “what about my job?”
Unifor invited the Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats, Greens and Bloc Quebecois to lay out their Media platforms. We were looking for responses on the five top issues as posted on www.mediaactionplan.ca
? Ongoing financial support for journalism, both written and broadcast news.
? Close the Loophole in the Income Tax Act exempting Canadian advertisers from
corporate income tax when they seek online audiences through Google, Facebook and
other U.S.-based new sites (instead of Canadian ones).
? Force foreign Internet TV companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Disney and DAZN to
match the Canadian content spending obligations of our domestic TV broadcasters.
? Require the online divisions of Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Telus, and Videotron – which have
rapidly become Internet TV distributors – to join cable distributors in making standard
financial contributions to Canadian filmmaking and independent local TV.
? Protect the funding of the CBC/Radio Canada.
We got responses from the Greens, NDP and the Bloc. For the Liberals we relied upon their published platform. For the Conservatives, we relied on their public statements and Parliamentary votes.
As of October 1st, for a summary of the political parties’ positions on key media issues, click here for full bulletin.