Nine of the eleven current members of the CBC Board of Directors - all of whom have been appointed by Prime Minister Harper - are or have been financial contributors to the Conservative Party of Canada.
Elizabeth May, Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau have given clear public commitments for restored financial support, editorial independence and governance reform for the CBC.
You can view all of the Leaders Series videos in English and French here.
Stephen Harper and Bloc leader Mario Beaulieu did not respond to our invitation to outline their vision for CBC.
You can also watch Francine Pelletier’s French-language interview with Mr. Trudeau here.
Don Newman will once again be in the interviewer’s chair when Justin Trudeau sits down for the third installment of the Leaders Series about the CBC!
Don, the former senior parliamentary editor for CBC Television and host of the daily politics program CBC News: Politics, will quiz Mr. Trudeau about where the Liberal Party stands on the future of our national public broadcaster, the CBC.
In a briefing note to supporters, FRIENDS says a major outcome of the CRTC's decisions on Canadian content and unbundling will be less of Canada on Canadian television.
You can also watch Francine Pelletier’s French-language interview with Ms. May here.
Don Newman will be in the interviewer’s chair when Elizabeth May sits down for the second installment of the Leaders Series about the CBC.
Don, the former senior parliamentary editor for CBC Television and host of the daily politics program CBC News: Politics, will quiz Ms. May about where the Green Party stands on the future of our national public broadcaster, the CBC.
You can also watch Francine Pelletier’s French-language interview with Mr. Mulcair here.
During a public hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications Conservative Senator Stephen Greene blurted out a blueprint for the re-structuring of the CBC.
FRIENDS welcomes this announcement. By a wide margin, Canadians like public broadcasting, and they know that CBC/SRC’s recent crisis reflects the damage that Stephen Harper’s government has done to public broadcasting through breaking its 2011 election promise to maintain or increase funding to CBC. Thomas Mulcair’s announcement reflects an awareness of this reality, and will go a long way to help restore our public broadcaster’s capacity. Addressing the cancer of partisan political appointments of Tory stalwarts to CBC’s Board is also a prudent and much-needed reform. Without editorial independence from political interference, our public broadcaster would otherwise drift in the direction of a state broadcaster à la Radio Moscow.
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, met with Green Party Leader, Elizabeth May, yesterday to discuss the importance of the CBC and to brief her on FRIENDS’ pre-election strategy in swing ridings.
In a letter to the editor submitteed to the Montreal Gazette, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison clarifies that Friend of Canadian Broadcasting is not affiliated with "I Love CBC".
Last night at the Whitby Yacht Club candidates for three of the four political parties with House of Commons representation spoke to a packed public forum.
FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to a Globe and Mail editorial claiming that the CRTC needs to start thinking outside the "idiot box" if it wants to play a meaningful role in Canadians’ lives.
Prime Minister Harper addresses the Conservative Party caucus and says his government would “oppose any tax on services like Netflix and YouTube.”
Briefing Note: Local TV, Canadian programming at risk in CRTC review – Rid CBC English TV of advertising
Local TV stations across the land, especially in smaller markets, will shut down and investment in Canadian programs will plummet if Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, adopts rule changes it has broached in its review of TV policy.
On Aug 19, FRIENDS volunteers were out in full force at a Liberal Party rally in Edmonton Centre.
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Press Conference on Parliament Hill, May 22, 2014