Monday, August 15, 2005

Take Action to Defend Canadian Radio Programs

Dear Gerry:

Every once in a while something happens that, left unchallenged, can be bad news for the future of Canadian radio and television and especially for Canadian music creators. Such an event occurred on June 16th, when the CRTC licensed two American satellite pay radio companies to distribute almost 200 channels of new American music into Canada, with only 8% Canadian content.

Canadian music is our lifeblood. It makes us a distinct culture on the northern half of the continent.  Content regulations have helped to nurture an industry that has given birth to many international stars and brought recognition for Canada throughout the world.  With these CRTC decisions, our musical future is threatened.

But there’s good news. Fifteen national organizations including FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting and the Songwriters Association of Canada have joined forces to ask the federal cabinet to set aside these CRTC licensing decisions. The Liberal Caucus is meeting in Regina on August 22nd, where this matter will be discussed.

I want to ask you, urgently, to help us persuade the cabinet to overturn these negative CRTC decisions. You can do this in just a few seconds by visiting FRIENDS’ online action centre and sending a message to Prime Minister Martin. 

Once you enter your postal code, FRIENDS’ software will automatically send your message to the Prime Minister, with a copy to your MP, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Liza Frulla, as well as the regional minister responsible for your province.

At the action centre, we have suggested the text of a message to the Prime Minister, but I urge you to edit it to reflect your own views and comments. This will make your message more personal, and therefore more effective.

To send your message to Prime Minister Martin, please click on the link


Thanks for your active support of FRIENDS’ work!


Murray McLauchlan

Canadian Singer/Songwriter

for FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting and Songwriters Association of Canada


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