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Blog Posts — 2015

Nov 29, 2015 — Blog Post

Toronto Star Letter to the Editor, Re: How best to ensure CBC’s survival

FRIENDS' spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to Richard Stursberg's claim that classical music, dance and other arts programming on CBC “muddies its brand.”

Oct 28, 2015 — Blog Post

CBC/Radio-Canada Key Contacts

Contact information for the CBC/Radio-Canada board of directors and other key individuals.

Oct 5, 2015 — Blog Post

NDP: Mulcair to stop Harper’s damage to the CBC and Canadian arts

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has announced an NDP government will invest in high quality Canadian content and put Canada’s national broadcaster on a secure, long-term footing. 

Sep 28, 2015 — Blog Post

Harper Comments about Public Broadcasting

Transcript from an Interview with Dominic Maurais, Radio X, Montmagny, QC where Stephen Harper claims there have been no cuts to CBC.

Sep 22, 2015 — Blog Post

Liberal Cultural Announcement

The Liberal Party of Canada has made an important announcement regarding commitments to CBC and Canadian culture.

Sep 22, 2015 — Blog Post

Liberal Party: Liberals to invest in Canadian culture and middle class jobs

Liberal Party of Canada Leader, Justin Trudeau, says a Liberal government will reinvest in our cultural and creative industries, to create jobs, grow the economy and middle class, and strengthen our rich Canadian identity.

Sep 9, 2015 — Blog Post

Green Party Platform on CBC

The Green Party of Canada pledges to reverse CBC-Radio Canada funding cuts in its election platform.

Aug 3, 2015 — Blog Post

Hands across the country for the CBC - Statement by St. John's Mayor Dennis O’Keefe

His worship Mayor Dennis O’Keefe joins hands with Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps in support of the CBC on the occasion of the placing of the 800th We Vote CBC! campaign lawn sign in Victoria. 

May 25, 2015 — Blog Post

Video: Leaders Series about the CBC

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. 

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Apr 15, 2015 — Blog Post

FRIENDS’ Leaders Series about the CBC with Justin Trudeau

You can also watch Francine Pelletier’s French-language interview with Mr. Trudeau here.

Learn more about the Leaders Series here.

Mar 30, 2015 — Blog Post

CRTC rulings roll the dice on the future of Canadian broadcasting

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.

Mar 1, 2015 — Blog Post

FRIENDS’ Leaders Series about the CBC with Elizabeth May

You can also watch Francine Pelletier’s French-language interview with Ms. May here.

Learn more about the Leaders Series here.

Feb 2, 2015 — Blog Post

FRIENDS’ Leaders Series about the CBC with Tom Mulcair

You can also watch Francine Pelletier’s French-language interview with Mr. Mulcair here.

Learn more about the Leaders Series here.

Jan 28, 2015 — Blog Post

You wouldn’t need a CBC...

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.

Jan 22, 2015 — Blog Post

Response to NDP promise to restore CBC funding

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.