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Canadian Media Guild Seeks More Public Funding Despite Trust Concerns

Arafat Rahman

The Canadian Media Guild is pushing for increased government support for media organizations

The Canadian Media Guild is pushing for increased government support for media organizations, citing the need to combat disinformation and strengthen democratic institutions.

Guild president Annick Forest urged Parliament to consider additional public funding mechanisms beyond existing subsidies. This aims to ensure media diversity and support nationwide coverage.

Her testimony comes amidst concerns about declining public trust in media, particularly among younger Canadians. A recent survey found only 36% of Canadians trust news media, with trust even lower among those under 34.

Despite these concerns, Forest emphasizes the crucial role media plays in informing and engaging citizens. She argues that a “robust and resilient” media workforce is essential for fulfilling this mission.

Conservative MP Kevin Waugh, however, expressed skepticism about further subsidies, citing the loss of public trust. He believes Canadians have lost faith in media, seeking information elsewhere.

The debate highlights the complex relationship between public funding, media trust, and the future of Canadian journalism. While the Guild seeks to strengthen media with additional resources, concerns about trust and content quality remain significant.

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