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Stephen Harper's instinct to silence and destroy perceived enemies has rarely been more evident than in the Conservatives' treatment of our CBC.

Harper has systematically attacked the CBC, with draconian cuts to its funding, stacking its Board with Conservative Party donors, and grabbing new powers to undermine the independence of our national public broadcaster.  

This destructive approach, launched from a trail of broken promises, is intended to mute and control one of the most important outlets for our collective voice – and an essential tool for Canadian democracy.

But he can't drown us all out! Please sign this petition and share the video far and wide - with your family and friends.

TO: Prime Minister Stephen Harper

CBC belongs to all Canadians. It is not yours to destroy.
 
I have watched you cut CBC funding after promising not to do so, stack its Board with Conservative Party donors, and grab new powers to undermine its independence. I note the man you appointed as CBC President is poised to cut further, possibly eliminating Radio Two and relegating services currently on the public airwaves to mere webcasts.
 
Like most Canadians, I value the CBC and call on your government to do the same. Stop attacking my CBC.

And I urge the Leaders of the opposition parties to pledge to restore strong public broadcasting in Canada.

[your name]

CC: Leaders of the Opposition Parties, Your local MP

It’s essential that we speak up for our CBC now – public broadcasting in Canada has never been more threatened.

Even though CBC has just let go 2,000 of its creative staff and announced sweeping service cuts, that’s by no means the end of it.  As a result of Harper’s deep budget reductions, we have learned that CBC plans to announce even more cuts next month, including:

RadioGutting CBC Radio Two – distributing music exclusively on-line

For decades, Radio Two has been an essential element of Canada’s cultural life, showcasing and supporting Canadian creative and performing talent. The format change away from world classical culture six years ago was an unmitigated disaster, as was the botched introduction of commercials a few months ago, all this under the direction of Harper’s man at the CBC, Hubert Lacroix.

FamilyGutting CBC Television’s high-quality, award-winning, non-commercial morning Children’s programs

This will include shows like Arthur and Poko, valued safe havens for children and their caregivers to turn to for stimulation, learning and fun – all essential roles for any public broadcaster worthy of the name. The network that was once home to The Friendly Giant and Mr. Dressup should be ashamed of itself!

LocalCuts to local programming

For example, the cancellation of afternoon Radio One shows in places like Thunder Bay, where they are most needed. Thunder Bay will now get programs from Sudbury, 1,008 kilometres away. CBC has recently announced that they are abandoning their commitment to expansion of local service in under-served communities like London. If they abandon local coverage, how can they expect CBC Radio and Television to remain a vital presence in our communities?

LeafFailing to renew the most distinctively Canadian shows on CBC Television

CBC reflects every part of this country to the whole – not just in information, but also in entertainment: a political satire in Ottawa, a family drama from Alberta, a comedy-drama from Newfoundland, a police show from Quebec. Arctic Air has already been cancelled. Where will the axe fall next?

Ditching some of the most talented, iconic CBC personalities

Nancy Wilson, Linden McIntyre and Alison SmithPeople who define the service at its best: Linden MacIntyre, after four decades with CBC, eight Geminis, an International Emmy and numberous other awards, distinguished Radio and TV news people like Alison Smith and Nancy Wilson are also saying goodbye. Who will succeed them? Who will be next to go? They say they are quitting to send a message. Are we hearing their message?

If implemented, all these changes will wield an axe to the roots of our national public broadcaster in communities across the land, turning CBC into a 'Toronto Broadcasting Corporation'.  
 
These changes would take a service we all pay for off our public airwaves – relegating it to an online webcaster ghetto.
 
To stop this plan before it’s too late, we must respond with a HUGE protest.

Please take action right now! Sign the petition and share the video.

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These cuts (and more) can be read between the lines of a manipulative ‘survey’  CBC's management has posted online to stimulate a so-called ‘conversation' with viewers and listeners.  All the while, Harper’s man at the CBC is proceeding with his pre-arranged and sinister plan – behind the scenes.
 
Make no mistake, Harper’s mission is to mute and control our CBC, as a first step to destroying Canadian public broadcasting.
 
We’ve got to show him – and his henchmen – that the political cost of killing the CBC far outweighs whatever neo-conservative  benefits he thinks he might achieve.

Canadian democracy can ill afford another four years of Harper CBC attacks. Together we must secure commitments from the leaders whose parties could oust the conservatives to undo Harper's damage to our national treasure.

Please take action right away and share this campaign on social media and by email.