Something outrageous at the CBC

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During a stormy meeting in June with CBC’s employees who pressed him to take on the Harper government about its       neglect of public broadcasting, Hubert Lacroix, CBC’s President – appointed by Stephen Harper seven years ago – blurted out that the government is CBC’s         “shareholder.&r

During a stormy meeting in June with CBC’s employees who pressed him to take on the Harper government about its       neglect of public broadcasting, Hubert Lacroix, CBC’s President – appointed by Stephen Harper seven years ago – blurted out that the government is CBC’s         “shareholder.”
That is false. CBC belongs to all 35,427,524 Canadians. That’s what             distinguishes a ‘public’ broadcaster from a ‘state’ broadcaster in democratic countries.
We have known that Lacroix is Harper’s man at the CBC and that he, along with three-quarters of CBC’s Harper-appointed Board of Directors, have been financial supporters of the Conservative Party.
Lacroix has come out and said it. He works for the government! (The CBC board is by law supposed to operate at arms-length from any government          control.)
I was very proud of CBC staffers who challenged Lacroix – and demanded his resignation. Lacroix also announced at the meeting that CBC was moving it emphasis from broadcast radio and television to    digital delivery, on tablets, computers and iPhones over the next five years.
All this comes back to Stephen Harper. His Party’s 2011 election promising to maintain or increase CBC funding was not worth the paper it was written on. He has hacked almost $250 million out of CBC since 2012, causing a shortfall that led to the shocking announcement by a man whom Harper appointed to lead CBC without any prior experience or expertise in broadcasting management, programming or scheduling.
Some good may come out of all this. The cat is out of the bag. Harper and his man at the CBC are responsible for all the cuts and layoffs.
Our job will be to hold Harper    accountable for what he has done at the next election

Ian Morrison
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting