Lobby group pleads for more tax dollars for CBC by Mark Dunn
May 23, 2014
Source: Sun News Network
OTTAWA — A group that lobbies for the survival of the CBC was at it again Thursday, pleading for more tax dollars to bail out the broadcaster.
Ian Morrison of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting — a group that, despite its name, only stumps for the state broadcaster — also promoted a conspiracy theory starring Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the CBC's board of directors.
According to Morrison, Harper, nine of the board's 12 members and CBC president Hubert Lacroix are in cahoots to drive the broadcaster into the ground.
He based his theory on data that shows the nine board appointees have donated money to the Conservatives and the fact Lacroix is a Harper appointee.
"Stephen Harper's mission has been to silence and control our CBC, just as he has done with a long list of other perceived enemies," Morrison said.
Besides shrinking audiences, the secretive CBC faces a cash crunch when it loses the rights to Hockey Night in Canada after this season.
But Morrison said CBC's woes aren't related to the loss of at least $100 million a year in hockey revenues and the reduction in other advertising.
He blames the $115 million trimmed from the CBC's annual $1.1-billion tax subsidy.
The CBC has already announced some cuts to counter the hockey loss and other measures will be announced in June.
Citing sources, Morrison says CBC Radio Two is threatened, children's programming will be scaled back and other programming will be cancelled.
When asked how much more money the CBC should get on top of its subsidy, he cited a Commons committee recommendation of $500 million over five years.
The government has refused opposition demands to pump more into the CBC.