Letter to the editor: democracy

Informed citizens are essential to democracy. Are we Canadians “informed?”

Informed citizens are essential to democracy. Are we Canadians “informed?” Who is informing us? Certainly not the secretive Harper government. Mainstream media? Canada’s mainstream media has become a near monopoly. Bell, Rogers, Postmedia, and so few others, own just about everything Canadians watch and read. Media guru Conrad Black tells where that leads: “Diversity of opinion and aggressive news gathering tend to disappear with the disappearance of competition, and public opinion could thereby become more of a hostage to private interests then a master of public policy.”

It’s no secret that Harper is out to kill the CBC. That would give Harper even more control over the flow of information.  With the CBC gone, some special interest group with an unlimited advertising budget (like a political party?) could literally buy public opinion. You simply blast them with attack ads, distractions, and mis-information. Stop Harper’s war on information. Vote for true democracy!

Bryan Stawychny, Edgewater, BC