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NDP MP accuses minister of 'killing Hockey Night in Canada' by Giuseppe Valiante

May 15, 2014

Source: Sun News Network

OTTAWA - A New Democrat MP accused Heritage Minister Shelly Glover of killing CBC's ability to host Hockey Night in Canada.

"Why did you kill Hockey Night in Canada?" NDP MP Kennedy Stewart asked Glover on Thursday during a Canadian Heritage committee meeting.

Glover responded only with "Wow!"

Media giant Rogers Communications recently outbid the CBC for the popular TV sports program and as a result the public broadcaster will reportedly lose more than $100 million in annual advertising revenue.

Glover appeared before the heritage committee Thursday and was grilled over her government's cuts to the CBC budget. The Conservatives forced the public broadcaster to find roughly $115 million in savings by 2015.

Glover said government cuts to the CBC were a response to the recession and independent of the recent losses in advertising revenue.

"The CBC has enough money," she said. "The $1.1 billion it gets is almost the same size as my entire departmental budget."

Aside from losing its coveted NHL rights, the CBC has also been in the news over its president's refusal to disclose the salaries and expenses of high-level executives.

Despite an annual taxpayer subsidy of more than $1 billion, the CBC consistently maintains that the country's access to information laws allow it to keep salaries and expense accounts secret.

Glover remained evasive on Thursday about her department's options in forcing CBC to disclose more detailed financial data.

She didn't want to comment on the claims by senators and other parliamentarians that the CBC was insulting and disrespectful when it only partially responded to a Senate committee's request to disclose salaries of high-level CBC employees.

"I'll let the senators speak for themselves," Glover said in an interview with QMI Agency on Thursday after her appearance at the committee hearing.

"The CBC has an obligation to provide timely and accurate information and we expect them to provide (it)," she said.

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