The Conservatives’ Hidden Agenda For Public Broadcasting And Cultural Sovereignty

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

There is a huge and troubling gap between Stephen Harper’s words and deeds regarding the CBC and Canada’s cultural sovereignty, as well as a continuing pattern of contradictory statements, both from Harper and from other Conservatives:

  • In the lead up to the 2004 election, on May 19, 2004, when Stephen Harper was asked by a a CBC reporter in Winnipeg to comment on his plans for CBC, he said: “I’ve suggested that government subsidies in support of CBC’s services should be to those things that are not…do not have commercial alternatives.” He then added: “When you take a look at things like main-English language television and probably to a lesser degree Radio Two, you could there (sic) at putting those on a commercial basis.” (www.friends.ca/News/Friends_News/archives/articles05190403)
  • Several months later, Harper contradicted that comment in a speech to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters when he stated that “we would seek to reduce the CBC’s dependence on advertising revenue and its competition with the private sector for these valuable dollars, especially in non-sports programming.” (www.friends.ca/news-item/6480)
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Don’t let business people run the economy

By Trevor Harrison, Special to the Sun – January 15, 2009 

During the 1930s, two groups disproportionately dominated the House of Commons and the federal cabinet: farmers and businessmen. Since that time, farmers have been consigned to the dustbin, replaced by lawyers, but the business class retains its lofty status.

Indeed, immune to all other efforts to democratize political representation since the 19th century, business people — usually men — continue to dominate our political landscape.

To some, this is as it should be. Before October’s federal election, a friend of mine remarked that he wanted people with knowledge of business in Parliament, as they would be best at managing the country’s finances.

In fact, the opposite is true. It is the overweening dominance of the business class — and “business-think” — that leads us into repeated financial disasters, including the current global mess. Read more of this post

Make Democracy Actually Matter

Re-printed with permission from Richard Weald

Make Democracy Actually Matter

Elections Canada says that “Voting does not require a lot of time or effort – in other words, it is one of the easiest ways to have a say in how your society is governed.” I just want to express how totally I disagree with this in the light of our latest federal election.
Voting should probably be one of the hardest things for you to do. To understand issues, do your own research and to really make an informed decision, a person has to spend hundreds of hours learning, reading , listening— whatever. Being informed is hard and it takes a lot of effort. When (if) you go out and vote in the next election, please make sure you know what you are really doing when you put a mark next to someone’s name. Don’t do it because that’s what your parents do, or what your friends do, or because that’s what someone else told you to do. Don’t do it because you feel guilty about not voting or because you have a vague affinity for particular party and their buzz words— do it because you have real conviction and you actually believe in something. Read more of this post
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