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HARPER ATTACK ON THE CBC COMING

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Dear PARNEL,

The attack on the CBC that we all expected from the Harper government is starting.

I want to alert you to two sinister and hostile acts by the Harper government towards the CBC and enlist your help so that FRIENDS can fight back vigorously in the coming weeks.

On May 3rd, the morning following the recent federal election, Canadian Heritage Minister James 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 we will commit to that."

But on July 12 – just nine weeks later – Moore contradicted himself in an interview with Jian Ghomeshi broadcast nationally on CBC Radio One's 'Q', suggesting that CBC's budget would be cut by 5%:

"The idea that CBC can't find five per cent efficiencies... to give back to the broader economic framework is silly".

He also asserted falsely and out-of-the-blue on the same Q program that FRIENDS "lie to the public about what the government has done" in funding the CBC.

Can we trust anything Harper's Heritage Minister says?

Then, as you may have heard, on July 8 the CRTC announced that it was going to postpone for nine months CBC's network licence renewals, scheduled for a public hearing on September 12 – to June 2012 because "the federal government has not yet established its (CBC's) future operating budget".

This CRTC statement makes NO sense because never in CBC's 75-year history has it ever had a commitment from the government for its future operating budget.

FRIENDS has learned from reliable sources in Ottawa that the Prime Minister's Office asked the CRTC to postpone the CBC's public hearings until the completion of the government's expenditure reduction program next year. CRTC's spokesperson as much as acknowledged this when he told a journalist that the postponement was "a delicate issue".

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to put two and two together. As we have suspected all along, Prime Minister Harper has his sights set on the CBC!

We need to push back because only you and I working together stand in his way.

A wise person once told me that "strategy is something you do, not something you say". And we are rolling out a well-planned and creative strategy to hold the Harper government to account in the coming weeks and months.

We will keep you tuned and call on you to be part of the action, drawing on the popularity of public broadcasting with the vast majority of Canadians – including a majority of those Canadians who support the Conservative government!

To make all this happen, I urge you in the strongest terms to join me in making an emergency investment to fuel this campaign today. The future of public broadcasting in Canada depends on our success in the coming months.

Sincerely,

Ian Morrison

Spokesperson

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting

P.S. Just at a time when we need to build our resources for the fight ahead, last month's Canada Post lock-out hit us badly, adding to the urgency of this appeal. Please respond as generously as you can!

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http://www.friends.ca/press-release/169

After winning a majority government in 1993, the Liberals went to work on the CBC. During the next four years CBC’s budget was cut faster and deeper than any most other departments or agencies of government. When the dust had settled by 1997, CBC funding had been cut by more than $400 million – or about 33%. The Liberals' post-election cuts to CBC even exceeded the Reform Party’s 1993 campaign promise to cut $365 million from CBC.

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Hey stupid, you can live in the past if you want but facts are facts and we live in today's world.

Besides the the 1993 Liberals had to fix up the worst deficit in Canada's history inflicted upon us by guess who...TORIES WHO FLOODED THE CBC WITH ADDITIONAL FUNDING THROUGHOUT HIS MANDATE

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Facts ARE facts and the fact is NO CBC funding has been cut yet, merely the suggestion one MIGHT be coming.

The Tories can't hold a candle to the Hypogrits when it comes to past attacks on the CBC and putting those lessons into a historic perspective you'd think would be something a dinosaur who's always looking backwards would be able to fathom. Apparently not.

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I'm a strong supporter of CBC Radio 1, which is by far and away the best quality (non-satellite) radio going. I can't speak to the relative quality of anything else in the CBC stable.

But if the feds need to cut spending, there's no reason why the CBC should be immune from it. I don't see it as an "attack". The Cons might try to make it look like it to appease the Ezra Levant loser crowd and other walking pieces of excrement, but it really won't be.

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I think the CBC has a place, but like many gov't depts, agencies, crown-corps, it is top-heavy with overpaid and underworked management and exec's while the people that actually produce programming are made to bear the brunt of budget cuts. Sorta like the Liberals did with their budget cutting under Martin, just dump it onto a lower-level of gov't (not that I was actually opposed to some serious budget chopping, just the disingenuousness of it.)

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Facts ARE facts and the fact is NO CBC funding has been cut yet, merely the suggestion one MIGHT be coming.

The Tories can't hold a candle to the Hypogrits when it comes to past attacks on the CBC and putting those lessons into a historic perspective you'd think would be something a dinosaur who's always looking backwards would be able to fathom. Apparently not.

FO with your stupidity and total nonsense...remember take the sand out. :roll:

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I'm a strong supporter of CBC Radio 1, which is by far and away the best quality (non-satellite) radio going. I can't speak to the relative quality of anything else in the CBC stable.

But if the feds need to cut spending, there's no reason why the CBC should be immune from it. I don't see it as an "attack". The Cons might try to make it look like it to appease the Ezra Levant loser crowd and other walking pieces of excrement, but it really won't be.

Zorn harpo is a super control freak and sees enemies behind every door. The CBC has long been his perceived enemy so don't rule anything out. The fact Tories are skating all over the pond on this one should be a wake up call that they are preparing the ground for whatever moves they make. That guy Ian Morrison is not some nut bar; and has offered sane logical arguments about the Tory thinking on public broadcasting.

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As suspected there's Liberal "facts" and then there is the real truth and the real facts. Facts are funding to CBC in latest budget rose by $60M:

http://www.canada.com/news/Highlights+2 ... z1ObrLZmAv

On the political front:

— $60 million to CBC/Radio-Canada in 2011-12.

Might reductions be made next budget year? Sure though that also isn't the first time that's happened and sure won't be the last. Regardless it's nervous nellies fussing over something that hasn't happened yet.

BTW here's more real truth and real facts showing how funding has risen and fallen by successive governments regardless of political stripe:

http://www.friends.ca/fact-sheet/10120

Note how close the amount for 2011-2012 is to that given to CBC by old Cretin in 2000-2001.

Those are the facts and they cannot be disputed by aged Liberal hacks.

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That's where your stupidity really shows once again; there is no budget it enver made it passed the non confidence motion prior to the election.

Aminority budget vs a new one as majority government is a totally different deal. That's what smart people see.....stupid ones live in the past.

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Poor old dinosaur having trouble keeping up: :lol:

On March 22, 2011, the Government tabled Budget 2011, the Next Phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan—A Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth, in the House of Commons. However, that budget was not adopted prior to the dissolution of Parliament on March 26, 2011.

On May 2, 2011, Canadians expressed their support for the Government's prudent low-tax plan to protect and create jobs, secure Canada's recovery from the global economic recession and improve the well-being of Canadians over the long term. As a result, this update of Budget 2011 includes all of the measures that were previously announced on March 22.

http://www.budget.gc.ca/2011/glance-ape ... f-eng.html

Supporting Vibrant Communities

The Next Phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan announces additional support for culture and communities with new budget measures, including support for Aboriginal people, such as:

Providing $60 million to the CBC/Radio-Canada in 2011–12 to be used in the production of high-quality Canadian programming.

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The Government remains committed to balancing the budget one year earlier, by 2014–15. It will do this by reducing expenses through the Strategic and Operating Review (Table 1). The budget savings associated with the Strategic and Operating Review will be reflected in the Government’s fiscal projections once these actions are determined and implemented in Budget 2012.

Tory talk for getting out the machete to all funding which is what Ian Morrison and others see.

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Typical Lieberal attitude of arguinh against balancing the budget through spending cuts.

They would rather raise taxes so that they can spend even more.

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Typical Lieberal attitude of arguinh against balancing the budget through spending cuts.

They would rather raise taxes so that they can spend even more.

Typical Alberta ignorance at play. The last Liberal government was the only federal government in over 50 years to balance the books in Canada. So your nonsense doe snot fly when Harper has grown the deficit more so than Mulroney ever did. His low taxes promise and a lower deficit is pure bullshit. We will pay through the nose in some fashion except it will be a sneak attack on our wallets like the ones Harris used to screw Ontarians for the next few generations.

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The Liberals did balance the books and did it by slashing spending (including to the CBC) and transfer payments not by raising taxes.

Parnel, since you do not want Harper to follow Martin's lead, how exactly do you propose that the budget be balanced this time?

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The Liberals did balance the books and did it by slashing spending (including to the CBC) and transfer payments not by raising taxes.

Parnel, since you do not want Harper to follow Martin's lead, how exactly do you propose that the budget be balanced this time?

I never said I didn't want him to follow Martin's lead. Martin slashed spending and raised taxes; short term pain for long term gain, as they say. It paid off brilliantly as Canada went from nearly third world status in 1993 to world leader in a very few short years, by 1998 in fact. That is a tried and true receipe when the hole is that deep. And, since he spent like kids in a cookie jar over the last few years he won't be able to achieve the "Chretien/Martin" fiscal status any other way. In fact its possible he may have to slash costs even more so if the US economy stays in the dumpster.

Harper "says" he will slash spending and taxes but refuses to say, other than in generalities, how he will balance the books. I believe he is lying as usual and hoping for much higher inflation, which is more and more predicted, in order to reduce the debt as a percentage of GDP and then will find another convenient excuse down the road for not balancing the books. Every economist I've read says his formula will never work due to the size of deficits he has created and common sense dictates he is lying about when they will stop having deficits based on his tax cut promises. His record in that department is very poor as he spends like a socialist. Higher inflation will hurt the poor and cost governments much more in social payments and salaries to government workers so that has its dangers also although income tax and GST revenues will also climb but not nearly enough to cover lower tax rates.

We have another Harris fiasco coming down the pike with Jimmy flatulence managing the till . Downloading and stupid privatisation a la 407 will be orders of the day.

Remember......... Tories lie and liars are Tories :wink:

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As far as I'm concerned the feds (Conservative or Liberal, there are no Tories any more) can shut down CBC and SRC television services. There is little difference today between what's on the CBC and what's on the private broadcasters' outlets. I'd take the $1 billion annually given to the CBC, put a quarter of it into English Radio and half of that ($125m) into French Radio, using the other $125m into the remaining federal cultural agencies. That reduces Ottawa's expenditures in the area by half a billion! However, now without government competition in the TV realm, I'd levy a 10% surtax on private TV gross revenue and channel half of that towards CBC/SRC Radio, the other half to the Canadian Media Fund.

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As far as I'm concerned the feds (Conservative or Liberal, there are no Tories any more) can shut down CBC and SRC television services. There is little difference today between what's on the CBC and what's on the private broadcasters' outlets.

THAT'S A CROCK. We definitely get some quality broadcasting from the CBC. Programs like the Passionate Eye and others like it are nowhere to be found except on the BBC. CBC radio does some excellent current affairs work in bothlanguages and also helps Canadian performers get their stuff out in public. It is a culturally acceptable model for most Canadians as well and thus provides some ties across the Country.

Even the US has NPR and Public television which admittedly has suffered since being cut loose from the government teat but are still voices of reason in a commercial world.

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