Defending the CBC is good politics
According to public opinion research released by Nanos Research on Jul 22, 2013, Canadians from across the political spectrum value the CBC, give it good marks for meeting its mandate and think it plays an important role in Canada.
- 80% would increase CBC funding or maintain it at current levels, while only 16% would decrease it; a majority (57%) of Conservative Party supporters would increase or maintain CBC funding, while 37% would decrease it.
- 80% believe that CBC plays an important role in strengthening Canadian culture and identity, a view shared by a majority (57%) of Conservative supporters.
- 81% think the CBC should remain independent from government, while 12% think the government should take direct control of the wages and working conditions of CBC’s employees. Among Conservative Party supporters, 55% think the CBC should remain independent while 29% favour direct control.
Jul 22, 2013 — Opinion Poll: Canadians on the CBC by Nanos Research
New opinion research shows Canadians from across the political spectrum value the CBC, give it good marks for meeting its mandate and think it plays an important role in Canada.
May 23, 2013 — Letter: Letter to Prime Minister Harper regarding Bill C-60
A letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed by sixteen eminent Canadians from the worlds of journalism and academia expresses deep concern that “Bill C-60 would undermine the arms-length relationship between the CBC, our national public broadcaster, and the federal government.”
May 22, 2013 — Letter: RE: Canada Bill C-60 and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Legal opinion on proposed amendments set out in Bill C-60 that affect the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
May 23, 2013 — Policy Brief: Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance regarding Bill C-60
FRIENDS spokesperson tells parliamentarians that the CBC must retain its arms-length relationship to the government.
May 8, 2013 — Blog Post: Video: FREE CBC Petition Delivery on Parliament Hill
FRIENDS was on Parliament Hill to present a copy of the FREE CBC petition signatures (collected by FRIENDS, Leadnow and SumOfUs) to members of the government and opposition parties and to hold a press conference.
May 8, 2013 — Speech: FREE CBC from political interference Budget Omnibus Bill C-60
In a press conference on Parliament Hill, FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, says that when the government takes control of collective bargaining at the CBC, as Bill C-60 proposes to do, the Prime Minister will become the ultimate boss of all of the CBC’s employees.