Toronto calls on CBC to Change the Debate

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

CBC Toronto, 250 Front Street West. Toronto

Join us and thousands of people across the country to demand that the CBC host a federal leaders' debate on climate change and a Green New Deal during the October election. 

As our public broadcaster, the CBC has a moral obligation to make sure that every single person in Canada knows which of our leaders have a real plan to tackle the climate crisis. 

Here's our plan: 
We're in a climate emergency. Fires, floods, and rising temperatures are already ravaging our communities. The government we elect in the 2019 election will lead us through four of the 11 remaining years scientists have given us to act on climate. This is an opportunity that we may never see again and one this movement can't afford to miss. Over 11 million people tune in to watch federal leaders' debates during Canadian elections — and every one of them deserves to know which of our politicians has a real plan to tackle the biggest crisis of our time. 

As our public broadcaster, funded by public money, the CBC has both the power to organize a federal leaders' debate and a responsibility to listen to the people. If enough of us take action on July 17th, we can push the CBC to host a leaders' debate on climate change.

Thousands of people already support this demand. Over 10,000 people spoke up this summer to demand that Canada's Leaders' Debates Commission host a debate on climate change and a Green New Deal in October's election. It worked. The Debates Commission confirmed climate will be central in the two debates it's hosting. But that's not enough. Climate change deserves a full debate and the CBC is the only institution that we can push to make it happen. 

We have to act now as CBC officials finalize their plans for their elections coverage. That's why, on July 17th, we will gather in our communities outside of CBC studios, during the six o'clock news, to send a clear message: Canada needs a federal leaders' debate on climate change and a Green New Deal.