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Go here to tell Harper "No!"  Deadline is February 27, so there are only a few days left.

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Until recently, Canada had escaped the scourge of America's notorious right wing Fox News' propaganda, even though Canada's PM Stephen Harper had made serious efforts to get rid of the rules that kept them from broadcasting on Canada television/radio channels.

In early 2011, Canadian regulators announced they would reject efforts by Canada's right-wing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news.  Canada's Radio Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast ... any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right-wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom. As a result of that law, Canadians enjoy high quality news coverage, including the kind of foreign affairs and investigative journalism that flourished in the U.S.A. before Ronald Reagan abolished the "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987... Harper's proposal was timed to facilitate the launch of a new right-wing network, "Sun TV News" which Canadians call "Fox News North." - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Temporarily thwarted, Harper purged the regulators at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).  Offering an ambassadorship to Chairman Konrad von Finckenstein didn't work but as terms for commission members came up for renewal, they were refused and von Finckenstein, along with others who voted against Harper's atempt at repeal, is gone.

Sun News Network is owned and operated by Quebecor Media.  Sun News is headed by Kory Teneycke, VP of development for Quebecor and a former director of communications and chief spokesperson for Harper.  

The channel launched on April 18, 2011 under a Category 2 (later classified as Category C) licence that allows for limited distribution, based on the CRTC's decision that it offered little or nothing that wasn't already available.  The network aborted a highly publicized attempt for a Category 1 licence (later classified as Category A) that would have given it mandatory access on digital cable and satellite providers across Canada.

Now Quebecor is demanding that Category A license because it's losing money.  Mandatory access for Quebecor's Sun News means everyone's cable bill will go up by $4.00/month and Canadians will be forced to subsidize rightwing propaganda.  If sufficient protest isn't made, it will happen!

Go here to tell Harper "No!"  Deadline is February 27, so there are only a few days left.

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