March 19, 2020 - Premier King speaks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Premier King spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise concerns with the recent decision by CBC to cancel local programming.
Premier King stressed that at a time when Canadians are scared and in the digital age false information can be so easily spread, it is important that Island households have access to accurate, up-to-date information to protect themselves and their families.
Premier King explained that as a small province, Prince Edward Island news coverage is lost on the national network and that all Islanders, including the four Liberal members of parliament, supported the fight to have the decision reversed.
Prime Minister Trudeau agreed that Islanders deserve access to local coverage and acknowledged that CBC is the only local television broadcast available in the province. The Prime Minister committed to having the minister responsible speak with CBC to find a solution for Islanders.
In addition, Premier King thanked Prime Minister Trudeau for the financial aid package announced yesterday and both agreed that provinces and territories are in the best position to quickly get financial supports to their residents.
Premier King sought the Prime Minister’s assurance that additional income support measures that the province puts in place are not clawed back by the federal government, especially for those on Employment Insurance.
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