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Canada Government and Media


Government

Government Type: Federal Parliamentary Democracy / Constitutional Monarchy
Leader: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Political Party: Liberal Party
Political Position: Center-Left


Media

World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 18/180 (2019)

According to Reporters without Borders Canada is “Back in the top 20 but still room for improvement.” For example, the report states a “draft reform project for controversial Bill C-51 uses national security as an excuse to chill the free flow of information online.”

Government Influence on Media: Canadian Media consists of independent and mostly corporately owned outlets as well as a “government-funded broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)/Société Radio-Canada, which operates radio and TV networks in English and French.” The Canadian government also regulates media ownership and the state of media through the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission. Section 3 of the Canadian Broadcasting Act states that media organizations should reflect “equal rights, the linguistic duality and multicultural and multiracial nature society and the special place of aboriginal peoples within that society”. Further, more than 40 independent newspapers have been shut down through corporate takeovers, which results in pro-corporate bias. Overall, the media in Canada is moderately influenced by government.


 

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