Tracey demands the government protect local news papers and jobs

Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, two weeks ago, we learned that more than 30 local and community newspapers throughout Ontario will shut down. These newspapers employ 291 people, who will all lose their jobs. Some of these local papers have been publishing since the 1800s.

People of Essex are lucky to still have their community news, but if the attitude of the Heritage Minister, who says the Liberals will not bail out local media, does not change, all MPs will have local newspapers in their communities shut down.

How can the minister continue to sit back and do nothing when Canadians are losing jobs and their news sources?

Mr. Sean Casey (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, our thoughts are with the workers and their families affected by the cuts in the print media industry. Canadians value local news, and our government will continue to support it. We know that reliable journalistic content is critical to a healthy democracy.

We have already announced that we will be modernizing our programs to better support local media in both paper and digital formats. Our approach will be to support innovation, adaptation, and transition to the digital era. This is something our government takes very seriously.