Friday, May 22, 2009

Harper Intentionally Starving CBC - Study

Just received this from our group (Friends of Canadian Broadcasting):

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is about to release publicly a major new research project about the CBC. Because you are a valued supporter, I want to make sure you see it first:

Prime Minister Harper is starving CBC, letting it suffer a slow death. At the same time, Harper and his Ministers are advancing the sheer fantasy that the CBC enjoys record high funding levels and are promising more.

Those promises turned out to be empty when the government tabled in Parliament its new spending plan (they call it Supplementary Estimates) last week with not an extra dime for CBC! This follows recent news that the CBC budget will be reviewed to identify spending cuts of up to $56 million next year.

The good news is that Harper's disdainful treatment of the CBC flies in the face of public opinion.

As the research report we commissioned from POLLARA shows, the vast majority of Canadian voters hold the CBC in high regard. Voters see the CBC as our primary custodian of Canadian culture and identity and have a high level of trust and confidence in the CBC to carry this national torch. Most significantly, Canadians think the CBC is underfunded.

We know from past experience that it is extremely difficult to attract media attention to research about the CBC. Private broadcasters do not want to give attention to a rival. And the CBC does not want to appear self-serving in its reporting. But with your help, we can make sure your MP becomes fully aware of public opinion.

Can you please take a moment to tell your MP about these important new facts?

POLLARA's survey found that:

  • 68% of Canadians believe that the CBC's current level of funding - $33 per citizen annually - is inadequate to support Canadian culture effectively
  • Three-quarters of voters (74%) think CBC's funding should be increased
  • More than half (54%) support increasing CBC annual funding to $40 per citizen and 20% support an even bigger increase.

Please send a message informing your MP about this new public opinion research and urge your representative to support an increase to bring the CBC's budget up to $40 per citizen, as recommended by the House of Commons Heritage Committee.

Over the past several weeks, hundreds of thousands of concerned Canadians have sent messages, signed petitions, and joined groups to protest the Harper government's mission to hobble our CBC. Help us make it impossible for the government to ignore public opinion!

Please send your message today.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Morrison
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting

P.S. The House of Commons is not sitting this week so your MP will be at home in your riding. This means that now is the perfect time to send a message. As a local constituent, your message carries extra weight with your MP. I hope you will join me and thousands of others who are terribly upset about the state of our CBC. To keep up the pressure, please send your message now!

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Cari said...

I already sent my letter.
HE is a former PC, says he likes the CBC, and will take my letter into acccount...bull

Dante said...

The CBC brought in onto themselves. They drew first blood.

Time to abolish it and let the other broadcaster share the dwindling advertising dollars.

There is no money to publicly support this monster any longer

Anonymous said...

The sooner the CBC dies and disappears the better. there is no real justification for the waste of resources on the crap they produce, the biased "news" they peddle and the free NDP/Liberal left wing "advertising" they push. I despise everything about the very idea of a state broadcaster.

Anonymous said...

Harper paid trolls are out tonight enmasse.Harper as long hated the CBC..although he has had a hatred for a great many things...some statesman that man is.

Anonymous said...

Dante, CBC is not the monster that you refer too. Only Stephen Harpoon thinks that and if your gullible enough to believe him, I feel very sorry for you. How such a fake dictator can have so much influence on anyone is beyond me. Read the stats of what the general public thinks about CBC and tell Harpoon to take a hike. Right out of Canada permanently.


WesternGrit said...

Looks like the "anony-mouses" are out... Must be quite a life being a Harper troll... No life. Sitting in your Mom's basement on a sunny Friday night, without anything to do... No life, but the fellow "hate-on" crowd... A bunch of "player haters"... lol.

Before you spout off about ME being "online" right now... I'm on Pacific Time... and running a business - which give me time to do this...

Jennifer Smith said...

Done and done. My MP (and I use the term 'my' in only the most general terms) rode to power partly on her promise to support the arts because hey - her husband's a comedian! So now I'm holding her to it.

Yeah, fat chance.