FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto (September 26, 2011) - Despite an election promise
to maintain or increase funding to the CBC, cutting or even eliminating the
budget of the national public broadcaster seems to be rising up the agenda of
the Harper government, according to fresh communications from Conservative MPs
and the Conservative Fund Canada which have been compiled and released by the
broadcast watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.
Currently, Rob Anders, the Conservative MP for Calgary West,
is circulating an online petition
to the House of Commons calling on the Conservative government to "end
public funding of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation".
Meanwhile, the Conservative MP for London West, Ed Holder,
is running a "push
poll" online which asks visitors to his website "Do you believe
taxpayers should continue to provide funding to CBC Radio and CBC TV?"
And, the fundraising wing of the Conservative Party has also
launched a leading
survey which asks financial supporters "In recent years, CBC funding
has exceeded a billion dollars per year. Do you think taxpayers receive good
value or bad value from the CBC?"
The fundraising pitch goes on to say that "This survey is very,
very important to our legislative planning".
"These kinds of phony public opinion soundings and outright
hostility stand in sharp contrast to Harper's Heritage Minister James Moore who
promised ongoing support for the CBC," said Ian Morrison, spokesperson for
months ago Minister Moore said "We believe in the national public
broadcaster. We have said that we will maintain or increase support for the
CBC. That is our platform and we have said that before and will commit to
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