Are you paying attention, Canada?
Canadian MPs who have signed the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly declaration: unpacampaign.org
“The majority of our candidates, including me, we’re not politicians. We’re regular everyday working class people who are fed up with what we’ve seen spending decades of broken promises. And we want to make that change.”
— Joseph Todd, Kitchener South-Hespeler candidate, People’s Party of Canada
Are the Trudeau Liberals so scared of losing next year’s election that they would stoop to something as repulsive as an agency to “monitor” truth in the media (including social media)?
It would appear so. ~ Ed.
The Department of Canadian Heritage is reviewing a proposal to monitor truth in election-year reporting and “expose” coverage considered inaccurate. The initiative follows a Liberal cabinet plan to subsidize newsrooms it deems trustworthy. Elections Canada already enforces a statutory ban on campaign falsehoods.
Department staff yesterday confirmed the Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based group, applied for cash grants for a so-called Digital Democracy Project. The value of the grant was not disclosed. “The application is under assessment and no decision has been made yet,” the department said in a statement.
The Policy Forum yesterday announced the campaign to “monitor digital and social media in real time” for “disinformation in the lead-up to the October 2019 federal election.” The group has received $593,000 in federal contracts and fees since 2015, according to accounts.
“The country lacks adequate understanding of what’s being put through our media ecosystem,” CEO Edward Greenspon said in a statement; “This project is designed to expose these attempts and determine how best to counter them.”
The Policy Forum declined an interview. “We don’t have anything more to say at the moment,” said Carl Neustaedter, spokesperson. “It’s really in the early stages. We’ll be putting programming and meat on the bones after Christmas.”
Neustaedter is a former deputy editor of the Ottawa Citizen. CEO Greenspon is a former vice-president at the Toronto Star. Both dailies seek subsidies. Blacklock’s neither solicits nor accepts government grants.
The Policy Forum’s announcement made no mention of department funding for its truth-in-reporting surveillance program. Neustaedter initially claimed the group “does not receive government funding”, but later acknowledged it applied for a grant to monitor media. “We didn’t put partner details on the news release because as far as I know they are not finalized,” said Neustaedter. “We generally don’t release the dollar amounts”.
Cabinet in a November 21 Fall Economic Statement proposed a $595 million, five-year subsidy program for select news media deemed to meet unspecified criteria for “professional journalism”. Details are pending. The proposal echoed a 2017 Policy Forum report funded by a sole-sourced contract from the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Full Story: blacklocks.ca.
You won’t read about this anywhere in the mainstream media.
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