We are concerned regarding the dismissal of the cartoonist Michael de Adders by Brunswick News Inc on June 30, 2019. I believe it is a violation of his freedom of speech and expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, section 2 (b) Freedom of Expression, and may constitute media censorship.
A political cartoon critical of Donald Trump, created by Mr de Adders on June 26th 2019, prompted his dismissal by BNI on June 30th . The business connections between Mr Trump and the Irvings, who are owners of BNI, are well documented. The optics on Mr de Adders firing are highly suspect given the timing of his dismissal, and may involve media manipulation and media control.
Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are dearly held values for all Canadians. We ask the circumstances of Mr de Adders dismissal be investigated to determine if his artistic and / or personal expression has been compromised under the Charter, Section 2 (b) by corporate censorship because of the cartoon he created.
We ask that Wayne Long, the MP for St John-Rothesay read this petition at a sitting of the House of Commons, and work with the Competition Bureau of Canada to determine if media coercion and/or media censorship was involved in the dismissal of Mr. de Adder.