Radio Canada International

On Thursday, February 20th, 2014 in Get Involved

Radio Canada InternationalSince 1945, Radio Canada International (RCI) has been an important part of Canada’s identity and cultural heritage and a symbol of Canada’s commitment to the international community.

Despite deep cuts and subsequent restructuring in 1991, RCI has not only survived but had continued to transmit quality programming including on short wave, satellite, and the internet, providing an essential service to both new Canadians and listeners abroad, including millions of people in China who were regular listeners and who had been able to access uncensored world and Canadian news through RCI.

In June 2012, despite the CBC’s mandate to maintain an international shortwave service, the federal government and CBC management cut RCI’s budget by more than 80%, resulting in the dismissal of three quarters of RCI’s staff, no more newscasts or journalists employed, the end of RCI transmissions over satellite and shortwave radio, and the end of regular programming in all languages.

Help Elizabeth make RCI an independent public broadcaster! Sign below or download this petition, have as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.

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74 people have signed this petition. Add your voice to the growing number of Canadians speaking out about this issue.

Your petitioners call on the Government of Canada to immediately enact legislation that will: establish Radio Canada International as an independent public broadcaster, with a mandate to produce and disseminate Canadian news and perspectives to international audiences, and provide stable, long-term funding, sufficient for the fulfillment of this mandate, allowing RCI to restore its programming and services, such as shortwave transmissions for the millions around the world living under government censorship.

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  • Marie Langley

    I would be happy to take to the streets if Harper touches the CBC. I am so deeply tired and offended by this government purporting to act on my behalf while they take apart the social programs and support for the arts that make us who we are.

  • Monique Lalonde-Hazel

    Incroyable qu’un homme tel que le 1er ministre sabote notre pays par un manque de vision politique,sociale ,économique et culturel. Radio-Canada est l’un de nos joyaux culturels à travers le monde les autres pays nous reconnaissent par nos institutions que nous maintenons par nos taxes mais fiers d’avoir des gens chevronnés pour le faire . Et notre courrier postal qui prend le bord avec un manque de vision et maintenant dans votre lettre, ce traite secret avec la Chine qui vise à diminuer notre autonomie et nous engage pour 31 ans ,quel gachis. Continuez à réveiller le Parlement , et à vous unir et nous sensibiliser pour que nous prenions des actions .Il n’a pas été nommé roi du Canada

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