No love - or money - for the CBC
No love - or money - for the CBC
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No love – or money – for the CBC

There’s no hidden agenda in this policy proposal about the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, up for debate at the Conservative Party convention: eliminate “all public funding of the corporation” because it “creates unfair competitive advantage with privately owned and operated networks and stations.” This idea, pushed by the riding of Saint Boniface, may be a bit […]

October 31, 2013

There’s no hidden agenda in this policy proposal about the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, up for debate at the Conservative Party convention: eliminate “all public funding of the corporation” because it “creates unfair competitive advantage with privately owned and operated networks and stations.”

This idea, pushed by the riding of Saint Boniface, may be a bit awkward for their MP, Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover.

According to polling, a majority of Canadians oppose cuts to the CBC.

There’s great value in having a strong public broadcaster in such a diverse and vast country, but the 2012 federal budget took a sharp knife to CBC’s budget, cutting it by more than 10 per cent, more than double most departments. Even before that round of cuts, Canada ranked in the bottom three out of 18 major Western countries when it came to public funding of their public broadcaster (on a per-capita basis).

The government has also taken additional steps to undermine CBC’s independence. The latest budget implementation bill, passed in June, includes a clause that allows the federal Cabinet to approve salaries, working conditions and collective bargaining positions for the CBC.

Photo: rickchung. Used under a Creative Commons BY-2.0 licence.

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About that Senate residency thing...
About that Senate residency thing...

About that Senate residency thing…

The Conservative government tried a new argument Wednesday to try and contain the Senate scandal. Paul Calandra, the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary, stood up in the House of Commons to chide three of Harper’s Senate appointees for not knowing where they lived. Part of the spending scandal involving Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau […]

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The Conservative government tried a new argument Wednesday to try and contain the Senate scandal.

Paul Calandra, the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary, stood up in the House of Commons to chide three of Harper’s Senate appointees for not knowing where they lived. Part of the spending scandal involving Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau revolves around their primary residences and expense claims.

The residency question could be put to Stephen Harper. After all, he…