Friends of Canadian Broadcasting's Ian Morrison recalls the fight against Bill C-60 to defend CBC by Charlie Smith
Dec 26, 2013
A nonprofit group that fights for Canada's broadcasting sector has promised to take on Stephen Harper next year "for the damage he has done to the CBC".
Ian Morrison of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting made the comment in a new video (see above) that recounts this year's fight against Bill C-60.
The legislation was designed to bring CBC News employees more under the control of the Conservative government by changing the collective-bargaining process at Crown corporations.
Morrison also expressed frustration with continuing cutbacks to the CBC.
Earlier this year, the government announced $115 million in funding cuts over three years, which would result in the development of six fewer series, elimination of the foreign-affairs radio show Dispatches, the loss of 88 jobs at CBC News, and the closure of South American and African bureaus.
At one point in the video, Morrison singles out Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam MP James Moore for special criticism.
That's because when Moore was the minister for Canadian Heritage, he promised to maintain or enhance CBC funding after the 2011 election.
"We all know that promise wasn't worth the paper it was written on and the government soon after slashed CBC's funding once again, this time by 10 percent," Morrison noted.
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