Source: Toronto Sun
The CBC will be getting $115 million fewer tax dollars over the next three years, but that's not enough savings for some Tories.
"I lobbied hard for bigger cuts there," Conservative MP Larry Miller told Canada Live host Krista Erickson on Sun News Network.
"I was expecting a minimum of 10% cut a year and it's 10% over three years."
As outlined in Thursday's federal budget, funding to the CBC will be trimmed by $27.8 million next year, $41.8 million in 2013-14 and by $45.4 million in 2014-15.
The amount totals roughly 3% per year for the next three years, or 10% in total.
"The CBC always has been and always will be a debate, but the CBC can be run more efficiently, and they will be," said Heritage Minister James Moore while speaking in Richmond, B,C.
"The CBC has enough money to fulfill their obligations in the Broadcasting Act and that's our responsibility as the government to provide that and not any more than that."
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, a big booster of the CBC, disapproves of the cuts and have Moore's statement from last year displayed on their website:
"We have said that we will maintain or increase support for the CBC," the group quotes Moore as saying in May of last year.
"That is our platform and we have said that before and we will commit to that."
"The Harper government has broken its election promise and has cut the CBC's budget by 10%" said Ian Morrison, spokesman for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, calling the cuts 'vindictive.'
The $60-million programming fund, which had been renewed annually in the past, will now be included in the broadcaster's overall budget and was taken into account when calculating the cuts.
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