Federal candidates: here’s my ultimatum!

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These days when I open my newspaper, I’m always wondering whether it’s the last time I’ll get to read my favourite column or get a story about what’s happening in our community. Due to years of government inaction and the hostility of big foreign players, Canada’s news industry is dying.

These days when I open my newspaper, I’m always wondering whether it’s the last time I’ll get to read my favourite column or get a story about what’s happening in our community. Due to years of government inaction and the hostility of big foreign players, Canada’s news industry is dying.
Here’s the thing, though: Canadian storytelling matters. Whether it’s on screens or in our newspapers, whether it’s about a new initiative to support local businesses or about a new after school program — our stories tell us who we are as a society. So if these stories disappear, so do we.
And that’s the crux of my fear: Canadian storytelling is going extinct and the government is simply standing idly by.
An election will be called any day now. I want candidates to know my vote comes at a price: if you don’t offer substantive solutions to the Canadian news crisis, you can forget about my vote.
I hope my fellow readers – my fellow community members ­– will join me in demanding more from our elected officials.

Harold Floysvik
HALEY STATION, ON