Update May 13 see [link]
What does abuse of power look like?
Buried deep in the government's latest Omnibus Budget Bill is an insidious plan to take control of the lion's share of CBC spending, a move that will undermine the CBC's editorial independence.
If this provision becomes law, Stephen Harper will become the ultimate boss at CBC with all employees, including journalists, beholden to him.
This is a move that could turn our national public broadcaster into a politically controlled propaganda machine. It would prevent the CBC from playing its critical role in holding governments of all stripes accountable to Canadians.
You can read all about it here:
The Hill Times [link]
The Huffington Post [link]
Le Devoir [link]
The Conservative Broadcasting Corporation?
A majority of the CBC's Board of Directors have contributed financially to the Conservative Party, including Rémi Racine, the Board chair, who gave the Conservative Party of Canada $1,200.00 last year while sitting on the Board.
In addition to stacking the Board with Conservative supporters, the Harper government, for the first time, has required the CBC Chair to maintain "effective relationships" with Heritage Minister Moore and his staff as a condition of appointment.
The government is also supporting a private member's Bill (C-471) that would undermine the CBC's competitive position, while some of its MPs have openly mused about ending CBC funding altogether.We need to Free CBC from political interference.
Please sign the petition now! [link]