John Honderich writes that Canadian journalism is in crisis. The Trudeau government vowed to do something about it:
It commissioned the Public Policy Forum, under the direction of veteran editor and journalist Ed Greenspon, to study the issue.
The final report, entitled “The Shattered Mirror,” was released a year ago. It outlined in vivid detail the crisis and put forward 12 core recommendations.
The government also commissioned the Commons committee on Canadian heritage, under Vancouver MP and former journalist Hedy Fry, to conduct a parallel investigation. After months of hearings and dozens of witnesses, it came up with 20 practical recommendations.
Honderich then details ten proposals that both studies have advanced. To date, each has either been rejected or left in limbo:
In summary, this list speaks for itself. In fact, there are other more expensive proposals that are deliberately not included. Again, most of the 10 above cost nothing, but rather involved changing the law or practice.
I believe this country and its journalism and democracy deserve better.
Will that be Justin's legacy -- studied indifference?