Michael replies – We must protect and enhance the CBC

Dear Paula-
As a professional actor and someone who has performed on the CBC, I know first hand the great work that the CBC does to promote the Arts and Culture in Canada. The CBC gives back to the community through sponsorship of live productions like our multi-media production of Brecht’s The Life of Galileo. 
The CBC shows their commitment to the next generation of actors by providing professional development workshops in microphone technique for radio drama and are the only organization producing “theatre of the mind” in the 21st Century. I have toured many shows across the provinces and it is always comforting to be connected through the familiar personalities of CBC as we travel across the vast land.

I have have stood up for the CBC and I will continue to advocate for public broadcasting. I took our I Love the CBC petition to the street, stood in the rain collecting signatures and raised awareness with the public and in the North Shore News because I love the CBC.
When both the provincial and federal governments are slashing public support for our cultural institutions, the CBC continues to promote the arts and culture in Canada. Will you give your vote and the $2.00 that goes with it, to the Liberals, people who say they support the CBC but whose actions clearly prove otherwise? Or do you give your vote to the people who put their words into action? New Democrats care about public broadcasting. I love the CBC and am proud to stand with the New Democrats when we say
  • We will strengthen public broadcasting with long-term stable funding for CBC, Radio-Canada and other public broadcasters, including capacity to deliver superior regional production and internet services;
The New Democrats will further protect and enhance the Arts and Culture in Canada by:
Ensuring Canada’s Arts and Culture Thrive
We will promote the production and broadcast of Canadian content on Canadian television and in Canadian theatres, and will strongly support Canada’s performing arts, cultural institutions, and creators.
Building Home-grown Film and TV Production
  • We will ensure Canadian TV and telecom networks remain Canadian-owned by maintaining effective regulations on foreign ownership;
  • We will re-focus the mandate of the CRTC to promote and protect Canadian cultural industries;
  • We will provide sustained funding for the Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada, enhance federal film incentives and develop a targeted strategy for the promotion of domestic films in Canada;
  • We will set license requirements for broadcasters based on clear, binding and enforced performance standards for broadcasters, including increased Canadian drama.
Investing in our Shared Cultural Heritage
  • We will increase public funding for the Canada Council and implement tax averaging for artists and cultural workers;
  • We will explore the creation of a new international arts touring fund to replace the now-defunct Trade Routes and PromArt programs;
  • We will implement a matching grant for Canadian museums, historic buildings and heritage lighthouses;
  • We will introduce tax incentives to ensure the restoration and preservation of historic buildings;
  • We will strengthen public broadcasting with long-term stable funding for CBC, Radio-Canada and other public broadcasters, including capacity to deliver superior regional production and internet services;
  • We will reform the CRTC and also ensure it better reflects Quebec’s cultural and linguistic reality and that of the francophone community;
  • We will develop a digital on-line culture service to broaden access to Canadian content.
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