The Commission’s hearings on the Future of the News Media could not have come at a better time to analyze the media crisis. The imminent bankruptcy announcement of the Capitales Médias Group offers a very concrete example of what this crisis can generate in terms of loss of local information, loss of diversity of information, and finally, the breakdown of our democracy.
This is also a particularly good time to do so in the run-up to the federal election because while Quebec can take action, as it did, for example, by deciding to collect the QST from the Web giants, the federal government also has an essential role to play.
This crisis comes at a time when cultural sector organizations in Canada, working under the umbrella of the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE), are campaigning for our cultural policies to be applied online (See the website of the #SaveOurCulture campaign).
There are many similarities between the situation in the information and culture sectors, and three of them are particularly relevant to consider when time comes to determining the most structuring solutions.