OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – Dr. Leslyn Lewis, Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MP and leadership candidate says she will “restore” Canada’s media “independence” and stop media bailouts at the hands of the federal government should she one day become prime minister.
“Everyone has the right to free speech and to their own views, but the government shouldn’t be paying for the ability of journalists to amplify their opinions,” wrote Lewis in a campaign platform update posted Tuesday titled “Defunding the CBC.”
“The mainstream media long ago abandoned its role as a faithful and objective reporter of news. Instead, they have become their own left-wing echo chamber.”
Lewis, who in the past has said she does not favor the government funding media, said if elected leader of the CPC and then prime minister she will “defund” Canada’s state broadcaster the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
She also noted that she will end the “Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization designations” and end “the media bailouts.”
Lewis wrote that Canadians have “lost” their “trust in our legacy media.”
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s in a race for clicks, or a politicized agenda, the divisive and sensationalist stories from our mainstream media have caused Canadians to lose their trust in our legacy media,” wrote Lewis.
“Who can forget the ludicrous cover of the Toronto Star publishing questions about whether the unvaccinated deserved to die. While the media are quick to decry ‘misinformation’ and ‘division’, they are far too often the ones spreading it.”
Lewis: Canada’s legacy media must be ‘defunded’ as its reputation is in ‘shambles’
For decades, Canada’s legacy media were essentially on their own when it came to revenue.
That all changed in 2019 when the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an election promise that the Liberals would give legacy media $600 million in federal assistance over four years.
This time last year, Justin Trudeau and his media allies were at the forefront of falsely accusing Catholic institutions of having buried Indigenous children in mass graves at various residential schools across Canada.
There was and is no credible evidence to support these wild accusations, but many Canadians are still unaware of the facts.
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The anger generated by the media at home and abroad saw over twenty Canadian churches burned, and extensive damage done to many more, but the record has never been set straight in what amounts to a disinformation campaign.
Terry Glavin at the National Post recently wrote a masterful piece that may go down in history as the definitive “debunking” of the assertions about the mass graves that never were.
Glavin points out that “nothing new was added to the public record” concerning the history of residential schools in Canada.
“The legacy of the schools had already been exhaustively explored in the testimony of hundreds of elders and a series of inquiries, public hearings, criminal cases, settlements and federal investigations going back decades. Most important of these efforts were the widely publicized undertakings of the 2008-2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), and the content of its voluminous findings,” Glavin wrote.
“…[N]ot a single mass grave was discovered in Canada last year,” he added.
“The several sites of unmarked graves that captured international headlines were either already-known cemeteries, or they remain sites of speculation even now, unverified as genuine grave sites.”
“Not a single child” accounted for during the extensively researched commission “was located in any of these places,” Glavin underscored.
“In none of these places were any human remains unearthed.”
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Even Trudeau's kneeling at what was reported upon as a just-discovered residential school burial ground was a lie - it was actually a well-known Catholic cemetery, but the media didn't let these details get in the way of reinforcing their narrative.
Trudeau also called on Pope Francis to come to Canada and apologize for what had happened, as outlets like Reuters, the New York Times and scores more told the world that “nearly 1000 bodies” had been found in two mass graves.
Those online articles were quietly edited from "mass graves" to "unmarked graves", but we still have the Twitter posts from major outlets like Reuters to prove the staggering level of misinformation.
SIGN: Justin Trudeau must tell Canadians the truth - there were no mass graves
According to an extensive investigation by Professor Emeritus Jacques Rouillard from the Université de Montréal: “The ‘discovery’ was first reported last May 27 (2021) by Tk’emlúps te secwépemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir after an anthropologist, Sarah Beaulieu, used ground-penetrating radar in a search for the remains of children alleged by some to be buried there.”
“Her preliminary report is actually based on depressions and abnormalities in the soil of an apple orchard near the school – not on exhumed remains.”
Professor Rouillard opined that the unverifiable narrative of what could have amounted to child-murder has led to the false assertion of genocide, an assertion without any supporting evidence.
“By never pointing out that it is only a matter of speculation or potentiality, and that no remains have yet been found, governments and the media are simply granting credence to what is really a thesis: the thesis of the ‘disappearance’ of children from residential schools,” Rouillard wrote.
“And all of this is based only on soil abnormalities that could easily be caused by root movements, as the anthropologist herself cautioned in the July 15 press conference.”
The vast majority of Canadians have been misled by the media and Mr. Trudeau, believing the most incredible smears imaginable, leading to scores of attacks on churches around the country.
It's time we heard the truth.
Please sign the petition today.
We are also cc'ing Canada's Catholic bishops on this petition - they must also demand the record be corrected, lest Canadians continue believing the mainstream media's disinformation.
For More Information:
How the world's media got it wrong on residential school graves - National Post
Trudeau lied about the bogus mass grave story - LifeSiteNews
Trudeau's narrative was a hoax - LifeSiteNews
**Photo: St. Jean Baptiste Church in Morinville burned to the ground on June 30, 2021**
In 2021, the Trudeau Liberals gave the state-run Canadian Broadcasting Corporation $1.4 billion, which accounts for around 70 percent of its total revenue.
News organizations must be given Qualified Canadian journalism organization (QCJO) status to receive special tax breaks and to receive government funding.
In 2019, Canada’s parliament amended the Income Tax Act to allow 25 percent payroll rebates up to a maximum of $13,750 per journalist at QCJOs. A panel appointed by Canada’s Department of Canadian Heritage and led by Bob Cox, the former publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press and chair of News Media Canada, had asked for 35 percent in rebates.
Popular Canadian conservative media outlet Rebel News recently said they would sue the Trudeau government for refusing to give their news organization QCJO status.
Regarding the QCJO status, Lewis said the program “undermines the integrity of” the media.
“Under no circumstance should government be determining, away from public view, what counts as Canadian journalism and what government perks and grants can be accessed because of it,” wrote Lewis.
About the CBC, Lewis said the news outlet’s credibility is “in shambles” which is one of the reasons why it must be defunded.
“Just last week, I had to challenge the CBC’s faulty media narratives against me. It’s past time taxpayers stop funding a news organization that force-feeds them woke, Liberal Party talking points,” wrote Lewis.
Canadian mainstream media, which is itself subsidized by the government, was caught spreading fake news stories about the trucker Freedom Convoy.
The CBC had to retract a story that falsely claimed most support for the Freedom Convoy came from foreigners. Trudeau himself used this narrative as a basis for enacting the Emergencies Act.
The CBC earlier retracted a story that falsely claimed Russia was behind the Freedom Convoy.
Regarding the billions in media bailout money, Lewis wrote that the handouts “sell out the media’s independence and they reward those who continue to push left-wing think pieces that nobody wants.”
“A free and independent press that holds the government to account is a key pillar of our democracy. It’s vital the press stays independent so our democracy can remain strong,” wrote Lewis.
The CPC will elect a new leader on September 10.