A diverse and high-powered group of magazine people fanned out across Parliament Hill last week to lobby with MPs and senior officials to encourage continuing support for the magazine industry.
The central message they heard was that
- Magazines Canada supports the Government of Canada’s commitment to the stable, long-term funding of the Canada Periodical Fund.
- Magazines Canada supports current policy that achieves a balance: high levels of Canadian content from magazines that publish in Canada; forbidding foreign magazines to produce “split run editions” that take Canadian advertising out of the market without producing Canadian editorial content; and giving consumers access to outstanding choice and variety of titles from around the world at very competitive prices, while promoting access to Canadian content.
The delegation was led by Magazines Canada's board chair Deborah Morrison (Canada's History) and government relations chair Doug Knight (Toronto Life) and there were publishers from coast to coast:
- Steve Ceron (Think Green Publishing)
- Alastair Cheng (Literary Review of Canada)
- Gary Davies (BC Business)
- Dorothy Dobbie (Manitoba Home; Gardener Living)
- Michael Fox (Garden Making)
- Linda Gourlay (Saltscapes)
- Robert Goyette (Reader’s Digest)
- Niel Hiscox (Canadian Auto Dealer)
- Mark Jamison (Magazines Canada)
- Todd Latham (ReNew Canada)
- Julie Osborne (Maclean’s)
- Jocelyn Poirier (Clin d’oeil)
- Chris Purcell (Canadian Living)
- Jennifer Schmidt-Rempel (Lethbridge Living)
- Terry Sellwood (Cottage Life)
- Jennifer Varkonyi (Maisonneuve)
- Melony Ward (Azure)
- Grant Young (Downhome)