Centennial Honors College Western Illinois University Undergraduate Research Day 2014 Podium Presentation The Evolution of Canadian Press Freedom Joshua Dillon Faculty Mentor: Yong Tang Journalism Canada has always been known as a very free nation. It is where American slaves in the 1800's fled to. It is a country that's usually known for being lax, carefree, and tolerant of just about anything. The Canadian media system is no different, as it has been evolving more toward the free and transparent side than the restrictive hush-hush side of journalism. This study will examine moments in the history of Canadian mass media that have shaped the country as a free journalistic society. More importantly, the paper will analyze different scores Canada has received from international indices of press freedom, such as Reporters without Borders, Freedom House IREX, and the Committee to Protect Journalists. After comparing press freedoms of Canada with that of the United States, this study finds that, in the last 13 years, Canada has been consistently ranked higher than America, Canada's southern neighbor long touted as a bastion of free speech and a global leader of freedom of the press. The reasons for the better performance of Canada will be discussed.