FRIENDS welcomes this announcement. By a wide margin, Canadians like public broadcasting, and they know that CBC/SRC’s recent crisis reflects the damage that Stephen Harper’s government has done to public broadcasting through breaking its 2011 election promise to maintain or increase funding to CBC. Thomas Mulcair’s announcement reflects an awareness of this reality, and will go a long way to help restore our public broadcaster’s capacity. Addressing the cancer of partisan political appointments of Tory stalwarts to CBC’s Board is also a prudent and much-needed reform. Without editorial independence from political interference, our public broadcaster would otherwise drift in the direction of a state broadcaster à la Radio Moscow.
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Harper’s attacks on the CBC followed this promise repeated one day after the last election:
“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.” James Moore, then Minister of Canadian Heritage - May 3, 2011