FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto - At the direction of the Prime
Minister's Office, Conservative MPs have engaged in a national campaign to mislead
voters concerning the Harper government's investment in the CBC.
In reply to messages from constituents who have written to
express concern about the future of the CBC, at least seventy two Conservative MPs have stated in correspondence that:
"In fact, this
government has increased support to CBC in every one of our budgets. This year the CBC is receiving $1.1
billion dollars in funding - this being the highest amount of funding ever
allotted to the CBC - more than any government in Canadian history. "
This statement is false.
In each of the past three years, CBC funding has declined
under the current government, even after factoring in one-time grants such as
the $60 million programming top up in the last federal budget which died when
the election was called.
Jason Kenney's February 15th, 2011, declaration
that "the CBC lies all the time" has caused Friends of Canadian Broadcasting
spokesperson Ian Morrison to wonder "who is lying now?"
"Individual Conservative MPs may not know
they are passing on false and misleading information to their
constituents. They are simply
regurgitating lines supplied by the PMO," said Morrison.
Full details of FRIENDS research on CBC funding are
available at http://www.friends.ca/fact-sheet/10120.
For information: Jim Thompson 613-447-9592