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CBC union wants taxpayers to pay more by Giuseppe Valiante

Apr 29, 2014

Source: Edmonton Sun

OTTAWA — The union representing CBC workers says the broadcaster needs a 50% increase in funding on top of the $1.1 billion it already gets from taxpayers.

The CBC and its French branch, Radio-Canada, receive roughly $29 per Canadian, annually.

The union for the English branch said the CBC credit must increase to over $43.50 per Canadian over a five-year period for the corporation to stay "strong and independent."

Alex Levasseur, head of Radio-Canada's union, said the public broadcaster is headed for destruction if its "broken" funding model isn't changed.

He called for an immediate end to CBC funding cuts and a national dialogue on the future of the corporation.

Canadians need to ask themselves if they want the CBC, and how they're going to fund it properly, Levasseur said.

The past couple of years haven't been easy for the public broadcaster.

The corporation recently said it would cut about 650 positions across the country in response to losing the rights to Hockey Night in Canada, a major source of revenue.

The Conservative government also demanded the CBC cut $115 million from its budget by 2015.

Heritage Minister Shelly Glover has previously said the public broadcaster isn't going to get more cash from taxpayers.

Levasseur said Tuesday he "will never be able to convince the Conservatives" to increase CBC's funding.

"But Canadians can," he said.

© Edmonton Sun