Candidates’ views on CBC’s independence, funding and governance

FRIENDS asked candidates of parties with representation in the House of Commons in 24 “swing ridings” for their views on the future of the CBC.  You can view the full questionnaire here.  Click on a riding name below to view the candidates’ responses.

Brampton Centre

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Bal Gosal – Conservative Party

No response

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Saul Bottcher – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes. I would note that there is a certain irony involved when a political movement that regularly accuses the CBC of bias are the ones to introduce legislation reducing its independence.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Yes, and a number closer to the average would be better. Funding is the key to impartiality, which is an essential characteristic of the CBC.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes and Yes. (Arm’s-length should be the standard for all government appointments.)


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Rameshwer Sangha – Liberal Party

No response

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Rosemary Keenan – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes. The NDP opposed this bill, recognizing the threat it poses to our independent broadcaster. The NDP circulated the following petition http://petition.ndp.ca/stand-up-for-the-CBC

We, the undersigned residents of Canada, recognize the following:

  • freedom of association is guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the right to collective bargaining;
  • the government’s Bill C-60 grants extraordinary powers to the Treasury Board to interfere in the operations of Crown corporations, by authorizing it to impose negotiating mandates, gain access to bargaining sessions and reject collective agreements;
  • these changes will diminish service quality for Canadians, and threaten the autonomy of corporations such as the CBC, the Bank of Canada, Canada Post, and the CPP Investment Board;

THEREFORE we call on the Government of Canada to reject these changes and allow Canada’s Crown corporations to negotiate the terms and conditions of employment for union and non-union workers.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Yes, the NDP would reverse the Conservatives $115 billion in funding cuts to the CBC. The NDP would guarantee stable funding so the CBC can stay strong and independent.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes, this practice should be stopped. The NDP would end political interference in board appointments.

Brampton East

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Naval Bajaj – Conservative Party

No response

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Kyle Lacroix – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes! CBC needs to stay as a nonpartisan national public broadcaster. Repealing Bill C-60 to restore CBC’s independence would be a great step in eliminating government interference and allowing the CBC to fulfil its purpose, regardless of the political powers in charge.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Yes! This seems like a good place to start. Our national PUBLIC broadcaster should not have to rely on PRIVATE funds to get by. Advertising is out of control as it is, so eliminating it from CBC also helps give Canadians a reason to tune in. Leave the commercialism out!

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes! The Prime Minister should have no right to decide who gets on the board. With the board acting separately from political influence, in an ethical manner, while making their decisions clear to Canadians, the Board should definitely be given responsibility to hire and fire CBC’s President.


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Raj Grewal – Liberal Party

No response

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Harbaljit Singh Kahlon – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes. The NDP opposed this bill, recognizing the threat it poses to our independent broadcaster. The NDP circulated the following petition http://petition.ndp.ca/stand-up-for-the-CBC

We, the undersigned residents of Canada, recognize the following:

  • freedom of association is guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the right to collective bargaining;
  • the government’s Bill C-60 grants extraordinary powers to the Treasury Board to interfere in the operations of Crown corporations, by authorizing it to impose negotiating mandates, gain access to bargaining sessions and reject collective agreements;
  • these changes will diminish service quality for Canadians, and threaten the autonomy of corporations such as the CBC, the Bank of Canada, Canada Post, and the CPP Investment Board;

THEREFORE we call on the Government of Canada to reject these changes and allow Canada’s Crown corporations to negotiate the terms and conditions of employment for union and non-union workers.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Yes, the NDP would reverse the Conservatives $115 billion in funding cuts to the CBC. The NDP would guarantee stable funding so the CBC can stay strong and independent.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes, this practice should be stopped. The NDP would end political interference in board appointments.

Brampton North

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Parm Gill – Conservative Party

No response

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Ruby Sahota – Liberal Party

No response

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Martin Singh – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure.

We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding -as the Liberals and Conservatives have – will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation’s independence.

Our NDP team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world – at home and abroad.

Brampton South

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Kyle Seeback – Conservative Party

No response

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Shaun Hatton – Green Party

No response

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Sonia Sidhu – Liberal Party

No response

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Amarjit Sangha – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure.

We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding -as the Liberals and Conservatives have – will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation’s independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world – at home and abroad.

Brampton West

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Ninder Thind – Conservative Party

No response

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Karthika Gobinath – Green Party

No response

 


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Kamal Khera – Liberal Party

No response

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Adaoma Patterson – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes. The NDP opposed this bill, recognizing the threat it poses to our independent broadcaster. The NDP circulated the following petition http://petition.ndp.ca/stand-up-for-the-CBC

We, the undersigned residents of Canada, recognize the following:

  • freedom of association is guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the right to collective bargaining;
  • the government’s Bill C-60 grants extraordinary powers to the Treasury Board to interfere in the operations of Crown corporations, by authorizing it to impose negotiating mandates, gain access to bargaining sessions and reject collective agreements;
  • these changes will diminish service quality for Canadians, and threaten the autonomy of corporations such as the CBC, the Bank of Canada, Canada Post, and the CPP Investment Board;

THEREFORE we call on the Government of Canada to reject these changes and allow Canada’s Crown corporations to negotiate the terms and conditions of employment for union and non-union workers.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Yes, the NDP would reverse the Conservatives $115 billion in funding cuts to the CBC. The NDP would guarantee stable funding so the CBC can stay strong and independent.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes, this practice should be stopped. The NDP would end political interference in board appointments.

Burnaby North--Seymour

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Mike Little – Conservative Party

No response

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Lynne Quarmby – Green Party

No response

 


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Terry Beech – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Bill C-60 presents many problems and a Liberal government will undertake to repeal the provisions that undermine the CBC’s independence. It is not in anyone interest -neither the workers’ nor the Canadian public’s – for the government to interfere with CBC labour relations, and to become the de facto employer of CBC personnel.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

It is essential for the CBC to have a strong, stable, predictable long term funding that is sufficient for it to fulfill its mandate. A liberal government will invest $ 150 million in new annual funding for CBC. This will reverse the cuts made by Harper, and go even further in order to ensure that our national broadcaster is able to fill its mandate and prosper in today’s media environment. We will work with CBC in consultation with the Canadian cultural community, to establish a new strategic plan that incorporates this renewed funding.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

A liberal government will put an end the practice of political patronage at the CBC. CBC needs to be more arms length, more independent in its governance, less dependent on political decisions for its day-to-day functioning.

We will put in place a process by which all Board appointees are picked in a non partisan way, from a list generated by people who are qualified and who have the interests of the CBC and of the Canadian public as their top priority.

As for the President of the CBC, the final choice will always belong to the Prime Minister, but he will have to choose from a list of possible candidates, established by independent qualified people who have the best interests of the CBC at heart.


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Carol Baird Ellan – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure. We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence.

The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Calgary Confederation

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Len Webber – Conservative Party

No response

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Natalie Odd – Green Party

Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The Green Party will ensure Radio Canada and CBC have adequate and stable funding, reversing the Harper Conservatives’ $117-million cut, and investing an additional $168-million and $315 million every year thereafter to rebuild the CBC and Radio-Canada’s local coverage and capacity. We will also restructure the governance structure of the public broadcaster to end the political influence of partisan cronies being appointed to the board.

We need to re-invest in a CBC/Radio-Canada that is distinctly public and distinctly Canadian, ensuring our public broadcaster has the resources and expertise to provide quality local news coverage from our biggest communities to our smallest. The CBC and Radio Canada define what it means to be Canadian by covering the unique, the unconventional, and the truly Canadian. We’ll make sure it has adequate and sustainable funding so it can continue to enrich our lives for years to come.


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Matt Grant – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

I believe that the public broadcaster is a vital institution that brings Canadians together and supports our shared national culture. The CBC and Radio-Canada play a fundamental role in Canadian society by highlighting stories about what it means to be Canadian. Whether through robust investigative documentary journalism, through powerful dramatic miniseries, or simply through keeping us informed about daily events, the CBC provides a valuable service that cannot be provided by other media. Overall, the CBC ensures Canadians’ awareness of what binds us together as a country-forces that are much more powerful than any differences and divisions that any of us may imagine. I will work to make sure that CBC and Radio-Canada receive the stable, long-term funding that will allow them to create and distribute content in both languages to communities across the country, as well as produce news and programming free of political interference.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Unfortunately, the Conservative government’s decision to cut the annual budget of the CBC and Radio-Canada by $115 million over three years has seriously undermined our national broadcaster’s ability to fulfil its mandate. A Liberal government will reverse these ideological budget cuts by investing $150 million in new annual funding for CBC and Radio-Canada. We will also double investment to the Canada Council for the Arts to $360 million per year from $180 million. I am committed to supporting the Liberal plan to provide stable, long-term funding to ensure that a strong public broadcaster remains a central component of Canada’s cultural identity. This national institution is too important to lose, and it must be supported through its process of rebuilding.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

In line with the Liberal plan for Open Government, the process for CBC and Radio-Canada Board of Directors appointments must be reviewed. I will support the Liberal plan to make sure that appointments are merit-based and independent.


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Kirk Heuser – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure. We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence.

The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Courtenay--Alberni

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John Duncan – Conservative Party

No response

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Glenn Sollitt – Green Party

No response

 


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Carrie Powell-Davidson – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

The CBC is Canada’s national voice. Canadians rely on the hard-hitting, well-balanced and impartial journalist reporting on programs such as The Fifth Estate, The National and Power & Politics. The informed debate these programs provide is essential to a well-functioning democracy and Canadians are provided with the information they need to make their own decisions. I am committed to repealing and blocking any regulation that undermines Canadians ability to receive information in a non-balanced, honest format. Being Canada’s national voice does not mean being the voice of government. It means being the voice of Canadians and I will fight for that.

I would like to also mention that Liberals will change the House of Commons Standing Orders to end the practice of using inappropriate omnibus bills to reduce srtutiny of legislative measures.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The cuts to CBC are not about limiting how much we spend; they are about limiting the number of voices we can listen to that we trust. The CBC’s mandate is to, ‘enlighten, inform and entertain.’ Canadians know they can trust the CBC to deliver that mandate today and with Liberal support, well into the future. Spending money on the CBC is an investment into Canadian democracy, Canadian culture and Canadian jobs. We pay far less per capita on our public broadcaster than other Western nations.

A Liberal government is committed to reversing the substantial funding cuts made by the Conservatives to the CBC. We also believe that additional funding is necessary to make CBC more accessible to younger Canadians through modern technology. To bring greater exposure to this issue, we created an online petition on the Liberal website. www.liberal.ca

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes! A Liberal Government would implement an Open Government plan and as part of that process, CBC/Radio Canada Board of Directors appointments must be reviewed to ensure merit-based and independent appointments.


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Gord Johns – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure. We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence.

The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Edmonton Centre

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James Cumming – Conservative Party

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David J Parker – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Unquestionably. I listen almost exclusively to CBC Radio and would be lost without it. I highly value a public broadcaster and have listened to other Commonwealth ones with great pleasure: ABC, BBC, NZBC and National PBS.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

CBC must regain full funding to the level suggested.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

I have a complete contempt for any public organization or body that has any such appointees.


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Randy Boissonault – Liberal Party

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Gil Mcgowan – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure. We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence.

The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Edmonton Strathcona

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Len Thom – Conservative Party

No response

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Jacob Binnema – Green Party

No response

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Eleanor Olszewski – Liberal Party

No response

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Linda Duncan – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure. We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence.

The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Hamilton West Ancaster Dundas

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Vincent Samuel – Conservative Party

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Peter Ormond – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Yes

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes


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Filomena Tassi – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes it is of paramount importance that the public broadcaster be an independent voice. These are the specific changes we would make:

  • Review the appointment procedure for CBC Board Directors and CEO to ensure their independence and competence;
  • Restore the CBC’s labour relations administrative autonomy;
  • Establish a 5-year plan Protocol in consultation with CBC, outlining the objectives the public broadcaster is expected to achieve with its funding;
  • Re-invest in CBC to ensure Canadian content is prominent and diverse;
  • Involve the CRTC and the Auditor General in ensuring CBC’s accountability to taxpayers;
  • Re-examine the Broadcasting Act for the 21st century.
Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

We need a strong CBC to tell our stories and report our news without fear of reprisals. We would reverse the $115-million cuts made to CBC’s budget and re-invest in CBC with stable and predictable multi-year funding. Regarding the level of funding compared to public broadcasters in other jurisdictions, we need to look at this in the context of competing needs and available revenue.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Such appointments should be ended and we would review the appointment procedure for CBC Board Directors and CEO to ensure their independence and competence.


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Alex Johnstone – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure. We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence.

The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

London Fanshawe

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Suzanna Dieleman – Conservative Party

No response

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Matthew Peloza – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes, In addition to restoring funding to CBC and Radio-Canada, we will work to rebuild the arm’s length governance of our arts and cultural institutions to prevent political interference, prevent further monopolization of Canadian media, and defend the freedom and integrity of the internet by enshrining the principle of “net-neutrality” in Canadian legislation.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Yes, as a Green MP I proudly support the parties platform to ensure Radio Canada and CBC have adequate and stable funding, reversing the Harper Conservatives’ $117-million cut, and investing an additional $168-million and $315 million every year thereafter to rebuild the CBC and Radio-Canada’s local coverage and capacity

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes, the Green Party support the restructure of the governance structure of the public broadcaster to end the political influence of partisan cronies being appointed to the board


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Khalil Ramal – Liberal Party

No response

 


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Irene Mathyssen – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it.

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure. The NDP believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. Leaving the CBC vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding-as the Liberals and Conservatives have-will suffocate the institution. The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

I remember well a CBC hosted gathering in London several years ago. We were invited to come and learn about the CBC Radio’s plan to expand local content in the London region. Unfortunately, the Conservative cutbacks shelved that plan along with many others. I want to help put the CBC back in our communities.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

In today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and INDEPENDENT public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world-at home and abroad.

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. An independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors is needed. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence. The NDP will work with the CBC to implement that.

London North Centre

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Susan Truppe – Conservative Party

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Carol Dyck – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes. I will certainly work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60. I believe it is imperative that the CBC be able to maintain independence.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

I believe the CBC is worth the investment, and I am in favour of Canada increasing funding to the CBC. Under the Green Party platform, we would reverse the funding cuts to the CBC, and would invest an additional $285 million in the first year and then $315 million each year after. We support an increase in local Canadian coverage and capacity for the CBC.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes, the practice of political patronage appointments should be abolished, and the Board should have full rights to hire and fire CBC’s president.


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Peter Fragiskatos – Liberal Party

Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The Liberal Party understands that the Harper government’s significant budget cuts to the CBC/Radio-Canada are threatening the broadcaster’s ability to fulfil its mandate as set out by the Broadcasting Act. The Liberal Party of Canada will reverse the ideological cuts made to CBC/Radio-Canada and provide stable, long-term funding because we know a strong public broadcaster is a critical part of maintaining Canada’s cultural identity. More specifically, we will invest $150 million in new annual funding for CBC/Radio-Canada

Our public broadcaster is a vital national institution that brings Canadians together while supporting our shared culture. CBC/Radio-Canada has a fundamental role in Canadian society, highlighting stories about what it means to be Canadian and making sure we remember that the things that bind us together as a country are much more powerful than any differences and divisions.


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German Gutierrez – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure.

We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

London West

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Ed Holder – Conservative Party

No response

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Dimitri Lascaris – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Absolutely. I sit on the Board of the Real News Network, a not-for-profit, viewer supported news organization that does not take contributions from corporations or governments. I give my time freely to The Real News precisely because I understand the critical importance of independent media to the healthy functioning of our democracy.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

I would do so without hesitation.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Again, I completely agree with this.


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Kate Young – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Justin Trudeau believes that the CBC needs to be at further arm’s length, more independent in its governance and “less dependent on political decisions for its continued and day to day functions”. He believes strongly in the importance of independence for the CBC.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

A Liberal government will reinvest in the CBC so it can continue its unique mission of informing and reflecting the lives and concerns of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Justin Trudeau believes the CBC needs more investment “to make it stronger”. He has said the CBC needs “strong, stable, predictable long term funding.”

The Liberals will reverse the $115 million in cuts the Conservative government made to the national broadcaster annually for three years and top up funding for CBC/Radio-Canada by an additional $35 million per year. That brings total new annual funding to CBC/Radio-Canada to $150 million per year.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Justin Trudeau has said that patronage appointments to the CBC board must end. In an on-line interview with Don Newman sponsored by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, he said the unnecessary cuts to the CBC must end and is aware that the board is not speaking out against the cuts. “It reinforces that nine of 11 board members are Conservative Party donors.” Trudeau said the Liberal Party has to ensure that board appointees are picked in a “non-partisan, transparent open way by people who have the interests of CBC-Radio-Canada and the interests of the Canadian public top of mind – not the narrow partisan interests of one political party or another, whether that party happens to be in government or not.”


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Matthew Rowlinson – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure.

I will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

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Laura Smith – Conservative Party

No response

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Brenda Sayers – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Thank you for contacting me about the CBC. I am committed to fighting for a strong and independent CBC, and when elected, I will work to repeal Bill C-60.

We need to re-invest in a CBC/Radio-Canada that is distinctly public and distinctly Canadian, ensuring our public broadcaster has the resources and expertise to provide quality local news coverage from our biggest communities to our smallest. The CBC and Radio Canada define what it means to be Canadian by covering the unique, the unconventional, and the truly Canadian. We’ll make sure it has adequate and sustainable funding so it can continue to enrich our lives for years to come.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The Green Party will ensure Radio Canada and CBC have adequate and stable funding, reversing the Harper Conservatives’ $117-million cut, and investing an additional $168-million and $315 million every year thereafter to rebuild the CBC and Radio-Canada’s local coverage and capacity. We will also restructure the governance structure of the public broadcaster to end the political influence of partisan cronies being appointed to the board.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes, I believe best practices in governance would ensure the Board is given the responsibility to hire and fire the CBC’s President.


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Peter Schwarzhoff – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

We believe in protecting the independence of the CBC by supporting its stable and long-term funding, so that as a national broadcaster it can continue to broadcast unique Canadian programming from coast-to-coast-to-coast in French and English, while still evolving to serve consumption demands that reflect today’s digital world, with the goal of eventually eliminating private advertising, while at the same time expanding and improving its regional news services and local programming.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The Liberal Party of Canada knows that CBC/ Radio-Canada plays a vital, irreplaceable role in the protection and promotion of the many voices that form Canadian identity.

The Conservatives have broken their promise in the last election to maintain CBC/Radio-Canada funding at current levels by slashing over $175 million since 2012, attacking CBC/Radio-Canada through their party’s fundraising efforts, and undermining CBC/Radio-Canada’s mandate to bring Canadians together through the celebration of our shared and varied culture. These cuts have forced our national broadcaster to eliminate Canadian programmes, contract out in-house program production and severely undermine CBC/Radio-Canada’s capacity to report on local, national and international news. The June 26 2014 announcement of up to 1500 fewer CBC/Radio-Canada employees by 2020 is a direct result of the Conservative government’s reckless slashing of the CBC-Radio-Canada’s operating budget, and more evidence of the Conservatives’ fundamental lack of conviction in the value of a national broadcaster.

Our party remains steadfast in its support of stable, long-term funding for CBC/Radio-Canada.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Our country is enriched, and our government is more effective, when decision-makers at the leadership level accurately represent Canada’s diversity. We will adopt a federal government-wide open and merit-based appointments process, which will ensure gender parity and that more Indigenous Peoples and minority groups are reflected in positions of leadership. A transparent government is good government. If we want Canadians to trust their government, we need a government that trusts Canadians.

Our plan for a fair and open government not only builds on those measures, but it also moves far beyond them. We will work with the necessary stakeholders to ensure an inclusive, representative, transparent, and accountable process to advise government appointments. We want government appoints that reflect the multicultural nature of Canada.


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Rachel Blaney – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

I absolutely will. After 9 years under Stephen Harper and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality of programming we have come to treasure. We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of the CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labour relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Yes! The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding – as the Liberals and Conservatives have – will suffocate the institution. The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predicable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporations independence. Tom Mulcair and our team has been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world – at home and abroad.

Oakville

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Terence Young – Conservative Party

No response

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David Doel – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes. The Green Party is dedicated to ensuring CBC is independent in their reporting. We will restructure the governance structure to end the political influence at the board level. I believe journalism should be free as of much bias from political and corporate influence as possible.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Yes absolutely. As a former employee of a nationwide broadcaster, this is a very important issue for me. The Green Party will ensure Radio Canada and CBC have adequate and stable funding, reversing the Harper Conservatives’ $117-million cut, and investing an additional $168-million and $315 million every year thereafter to rebuild the CBC and Radio-Canada’s local coverage and capacity.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes, the Green Party will restructure the governance structure to end the political influence of partisan cronies being appointed to the board.


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John Oliver – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

CBC/Radio-Canada must be allowed to operate free of political interference. Liberal MPs voted against Bill C-60 and spoke out against the provisions that allowed the Conservative government the right to interfere in CBC/Radio-Canada operations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

A Liberal government will reinvest in our cultural and creative industries. We will invest $150 million in new annual funding for CBC/Radio-Canada, a commitment that reverses Harper’s cuts and goes even further to ensure that our national broadcaster is able to prosper in today’s media environment.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

In line with our Open Government plan, the process for CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors appointments must be reviewed to ensure merit-based and independent appointments.


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Che Marville – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure.

We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Ottawa West--Nepean

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Abdulkadir Abdi – Conservative Party

No response

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Mark Brooks – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Unfortunately, the Harper Conservatives are used Bill C-60 to establish political control over employment decisions taken within CBC. This new power allows the Conservatives to shut down critical media coverage by CBC journalists, who would live in fear of losing their jobs.

Canadians have long been concerned that Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to get rid of CBC. Now it appears that Mr. Harper did the political math: realizing that Canadians would not forgive him if he dismantled the CBC, and decided to hobble and co-opt it.

The CBC provides an essential and, in many important ways, a unique service to Canadians. The Green Party will work hard to amend that content of this legislation which undermines the freedom of the public broadcaster to fulfill its mandate.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The Green Party will work to ensure that Radio Canada and CBC have adequate and stable funding. If in government, the Green Party will reverse the Harper Conservatives’ $117-million cut, and investing an additional $168-million and $315 million every year thereafter to rebuild the CBC and Radio-Canada’s local coverage and capacity.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

The Green Party will work to restructure the governance structure of the public broadcaster to end the political influence of partisan cronies being appointed to the board. The present partisan practice of appointments is unhealthy for a public broadcaster in a democracy and should be ended.


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Anita Vandenbeld – Liberal Party

Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

I believe that significant budget cuts to CBC/Radio-Canada are threatening the broadcaster’s ability to fulfill its mandate as set out by the Broadcasting Act. CBC/Radio-Canada plays a vital role in the creation and distribution of unique Canadian content. The Conservative government’s decision to slash CBC/Radio-Canada’s annual budget by $170 million has seriously undermined our national broadcaster’s ability to fulfill its mandate.

I stand firmly with the Liberal Party of Canada in its support for CBC/Radio-Canada as we believe a strong public is a critical part of maintaining Canada’s cultural identity. Our party remains steadfast in its commitment to reverse the cuts made by the Conservatives and provide stable, long-term funding for CBC/Radio-Canada, so it can continue to broadcast unique Canadian programming from coast-to-coast-to-coast in French and English, while still evolving to serve consumption demands that reflect today’s digital world.


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Marlene Rivier – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure.

We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Peterborough--Kawartha

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Michael Skinner – Conservative Party

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Gary Beamish – Green Party

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Maryam Monsef – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

The CBC is crucial in maintaining and strengthening Canada’s cultural identity in a way that helps to unite the country. Especially important is its trusted and credible broadcast journalism, upon which Canadians can rely for objective factual reporting as well as for opinions and discussions that are appropriately balanced among competing perspectives. I am opposed to any law or policy that jeopardizes the independence and integrity of the CBC, particularly at the hands of interference from any government of the day. I will be a steadfast champion for the CBC and will especially be a strong advocate in Parliament and the Liberal caucus for the protection of its independence and integrity.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The Liberal Party is committed to provide stable, long-term funding for the CBC, so it can continue to broadcast unique Canadian programming from coast-to-coast-to-coast, while still evolving to serve today’s digital world. In particular, a Liberal government will invest an additional $150 million in annual funding and will work with the CBC – and in consultation with the Canadian cultural community – on a new strategic plan that incorporates that increased funding. I believe this combination of increased funding and the attention to CBC needs and priorities in strategic planning represents an excellent start in undoing the damage of the Harper decade and in creating a much more promising future for the CBC.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

A Liberal government will ensure that appointments to the CBC Board of Directors are based on merit.


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Dave Nickle – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure.

I will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Saint Boniface--Saint Vital

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François Catellier – Conservative Party

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Glenn Zaretski – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Yes

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes


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Dan Vandal – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

I believe that CBC/Radio-Canada needs to be recognized as a vital national institution, and needs to be funded so that it is able to prosper in today’s media environment. That includes working with CBC/Radio-Canada in a spirit of cooperation and not through government interference and heavy-handedness.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

As a past Chairperson of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, I have witnessed the importance of Canadian broadcasting. A Liberal government will reverse Stephen Harper’s cuts and invest $150 million in new annual funding for CBC/Radio-Canada, to be delivered in consultation with the broadcaster and the Canadian cultural community.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes, the practice of political patronage to CBC/Radio-Canada Board should be ended. A Liberal government will review the process by which members are appointed to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors, to ensure merit-based and independent appointments.


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Erin Selby – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure.

I will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Saint John - Rothesay

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Rodney Weston – Conservative Party

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Sharon Murphy – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

The Green Party supports a strong public broadcaster, with stable funding and complete independence from government interference. Unfortunately, the Harper Conservatives used Bill C-60 to establish political control over employment decisions taken within CBC. Bill C-60 gives the government control of collective bargaining within the CBC. This is an unacceptable violation of the CBC’s independence. The Green Party would repeal Division 17 of Bill C-60 to prevent federal government interference in CBC labour negotiations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The Green Party strongly supports a robust and adequately-funded national public broadcaster. Green Party MPs have consistently spoken out against repeated cuts to the CBC, which have limited the broadcaster’s ability to fulfill its mandate to provide quality Canadian content to all Canadians. We reject the Harper Conservative attempts to hobble and co-opt the CBC. To ensure the CBC continue to provide quality Canadian television and radio programming in both official languages to all Canadians, Greens will:

Provide stable and predictable base funding for the CBC – $285 million in our first year, rising to $315 million per year for the next four years – and engage in a national dialogue to support the long-term financial independence of the CBC; Restore CBC international short-wave service; Reverse the CBC application and CRTC approval for commercial advertising on CBC Radio 2; and Reverse cuts to suppertime news and local programming in CBC and Radio Canada.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Greens are committed to restoring and improving arm’s length principles in the governance of arts and cultural institutions and agencies under federal jurisdiction. We believe that the heads of Canada’s cultural organizations – the CBC, as well as the CRTC, Canada Council, and Telefilm Canada – should not be appointed by the political party in power. The Green Party will establish an arm’s length committee made up of competent people representative of the various diverse stakeholders in Canadian society, to ensure the CBC’s Board of Directors is truly independent.


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Wayne Long – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

An independent CBC is important to me, and it is important to the Liberal Party. Liberals opposed the provisions of C-60 that undermined the CBC’s ability to produce news and programming free of political interference, and are steadfastly committed to insuring that the CBC/Radio-Canada remains free of political meddling, and has the funding it needs to provide high-quality services that Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast expect and treasure. I am strongly in favor of an independent CBC and I will fight to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that damage the independence of our national institution.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The Liberal Party has taken the lead on this issue, our online petition against cuts to the CBC has already garnered 40, 000 signatures. https://www.liberal.ca/petitions/stop-the-harper-conservative-cbc-budget-cuts/

We will reverse Stephen Harper’s cuts and make new investments to support our national broadcaster. As the anchor to our cultural and creative industries, CBC/Radio-Canada is a vital national institution that brings Canadians together, promotes and defends our two official languages, and supports our shared culture. By severely cutting its budget, Stephen Harper has jeopardized our national broadcaster’s ability to do this important work.

We will protect the interests of our national broadcaster, in the interests of all Canadians. We will reverse Stephen Harper’s cuts and invest $150 million in new annual funding for CBC/Radio-Canada, to be delivered in consultation with the broadcaster and the Canadian cultural community.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

A strong CBC is good for Canada. I will fight for all changes that strengthen the independence of our national broadcaster.

The Liberal party feels the CBC’s Board should be free of political patronage. We will review the process by which members are appointed to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors, to ensure merit-based and independent appointments.


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A.J. Griffin – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure.

I will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes. Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Saskatoon--University

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Brad Trost – Conservative Party

No response

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Valerie Harvey – Green Party

No response

 


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Cynthia Block – Liberal Party

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Claire Card – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure.

I will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes. Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Victoria

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John Rizzuti – Conservative Party

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Jo-Ann Roberts – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Yes. As a long time journalist and former union leader with the CBC, I know firsthand the importance of maintaining the CBC’s independence from the federal government. I believe Bill C-60 violates the Broadcasting Act and must be repealed or challenged in the courts. I fought this during my time with the Canadian Media Guild and as a Green MP I will continue this fight. This strikes at the heart of our national public broadcaster. It must not only appear to be free of government interference it’s independence must be protected by law. In addition to repealing Bill C-60 the Green Party will restore and improve arm’s length principles in the governance of the CBC.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Absolutely. I believe that the CBC is a valuable public institution and is crucial to maintaining a healthy Canadian democracy. If elected, I would work to reverse the most recent cuts and provide additional, stable base-funding for the CBC so it can continue to provide quality Canadian content in both official languages, and eight aboriginal languages to all Canadians. Our platform has committed the Green Party to spending $285 million on the CBC for the 2015-16 fiscal year, increasing this to $315 million/year through to 2019-20.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

The Green Party would end the practice of political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board. As your MP, I would work to restore and improve arm’s length principles in the governance of arts and cultural institutions and agencies under federal jurisdiction, including giving the Board the responsibility to hire and fire CBC’s president. Electing a Green MP means more voices calling for the restructuring of the CBC’s governance structure.


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Cheryl Thomas – Liberal Party

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Murray Rankin – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

I’m very concerned by the fact that the CBC has to struggle to maintain its integrity, its independence, and its quality programming.

I will work within an NDP government to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

In 1998, activists in Victoria succeeded in getting a local CBC studio opened. I know how much the CBC means to this community and have been heartened to see the over 800 We Vote CBC signs appear on lawns throughout this riding. I will fight to ensure that the local Victoria studio stays open as well as ensuring cross-Canada security for the broadcaster.

Liberal and Conservative cuts have suffocated the CBC. My colleagues and I understand that the CBC is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing. This would protect the CBC from advertising market fluctuations and help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

My NDP colleagues and I have been clear: in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world-at home and abroad.

Winnipeg South

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Gordon Giesbrecht – Conservative Party

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Adam Smith – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

The Green Party stands by the CBC and the long-standing arrangement where the public broadcaster remains at arms-length from the government of the day. If elected, I would support the repealing of the Bill C-60 provisions that allows partisan interference in the running of the organization via the ultimate control of CBC employee’s pay.

An independent public-broadcaster is more important than ever in a world where our major media sources are getting more and more concentrated in the hands of private owners who seem to consider educating the population of secondary importance to controlling the message surrounding their other, more profitable enterprises.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The Green Party believes that increasing the funding of the CBC is necessary. There is obviously nothing wrong with regular independent audits in order to ensure Canadians are getting good value for their money but no other institution can fulfill the role of the CBC and it must be funded sufficiently to do its job. A country as massive and underpopulated as Canada simply can’t rely on market forces to do the job of reporting the stories of Canadians everywhere and providing them with relevant news nor will market forces provide a space for Canadian stories to be shared and Canadian culture to thrive.

If elected, myself and the Greens will reverse the Conservative’s funding cuts and will provide an additional annual $168 million annually for CBC and $315 million for Radio Canada.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Again, the independence of CBC is essential to its function. The Prime Minister should not decide the CBC’s president nor its Board. The appointing of partisans to the Board, by any party, in no way benefits Canadians. Creating a meritocratic system makes sense and has the support of the Green Party of Canada!


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Terry Duguid – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

I strongly support the independence of the CBC. I believe that the CBC must be able to produce news and programming for Canadians, free of political interference. The CBC’s editorial independence and integrity as a public broadcaster must be protected – this is a fundamental pillar of Canadian democracy. I would support a thorough review and amendment or repeal of those provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The CBC is a national institution that ties us together, reflects our diversity, tells our stories and shares our common experience as Canadians. On a personal note, my father, Don Duguid, worked as a broadcaster (sportscaster and colour commentator) at the CBC for 29 years. The CBC holds a special place in my heart and I am a proud supporter of our public broadcaster.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

I strongly support the Liberal Party’s promise to increase the CBC’s funding by $150 million per year. I will be a strong and supportive voice for repairing damage done by cuts made to the CBC by the Conservatives. The Conservatives broke their promise to maintain funding levels, and cut $115 million from CBC/Radio-Canada’s annual budget, jeopardizing our public broadcaster’s ability to fulfill its mandate. A Liberal government will invest $150 million in new annual funding for CBC/Radio-Canada, a commitment that reverses Harper’s cuts and goes even further to ensure that our national broadcaster is able to prosper in today’s media environment. We will work with CBC/Radio-Canada, and in consultation with the Canadian cultural community, on a new strategic plan that incorporates this renewed funding. I believe that our public broadcaster is worth this investment. I would support a strategic plan aimed at increasing investment in public broadcasting to levels more comparable to those in other western democracies.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

The Liberal “Open Government Plan”, is a sweeping agenda for change. It is an agenda that will allow us to modernize how the Canadian government works, so that it is a better reflection of the values and expectations of Canadians. In line with its Open Government Plan, the Liberal position states that the process for CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors appointments must be reviewed, to ensure merit-based and independent appointments. I agree with this principle, and with the simple idea that transparent government is good government.


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Brianne Goertzen – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

After 9 years under Stephen Harper, and 13 under the Liberals, our public broadcaster’s position is precarious. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada is struggling to maintain its integrity, its independence and the quality programming we have come to treasure.

We will work to repeal the provisions in Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence. The NDP was opposed to this provision of budget 2013, and vigorously fought against it. The NDP truly believes in the independence of CBC and Radio-Canada. That must include the ability of the Corporation to manage its own labor relations.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP understands that CBC and Radio-Canada is a public broadcaster and cannot fulfill its mandate if we treat it as we would a private broadcaster. We understand that leaving the Corporation vulnerable to advertising market fluctuations by cutting public funding—as the Liberals and Conservatives have—will suffocate the institution.

The NDP has been very clear that we will cancel the 2012 $115 million budget cuts and guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect CBC and Radio-Canada from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Political patronage appointments to the CBC’s board must end. The NDP will implement an independent process for appointing members of the CBC’s Board of Directors. This is essential to ensure the Corporation independence.

Tom Mulcair and his team have been clear, in today’s fast-paced environment dominated by instant media from a variety of sources, it is more important than ever to have an effective and independent public broadcaster with quality programming that offers Canadians a window onto their world—at home and abroad.

Winnipeg South Centre

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Joyce Bateman – Conservative Party

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Andrew Park – Green Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

Public broadcasters must be independent entities. The CBC Board should be as free of political influence as possible, and the government should most definitely not be at the bargaining table when contracts and collective agreements are negotiated. I would personally want to repeal Bill C-60, but failing that, the CBC should be exempt.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

As an immigrant I learned about Canada by listening to CBC Radio as I drove across the country. And when you consider that in many parts of Canada, CBC is all there is, we should be investing at least the average of western democracies. Funding needs to be stable and multi-year, and there must be sufficient funds to maintain original programming and a full spectrum of news services to all Canadian communities, including interanational news.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

In my opinion the politicization of the CBC board has eroded public trust int he public broadcaster. in my opinion, the role of each board member should be examined, and all patronage appointed board members should demonstrate their political neutrality or be replaced. I’m not sure about the second half of the question. On the one hand someone has to hire the President. I would not trust the current board to hire the best person for the job, but perhaps a reconstituted board as you describe would be the best organization to do it.


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Jim Carr – Liberal Party

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

“The CBC is one of those national institutions that defines who we are as a people and as a nation. Our public broadcaster knits us together across vast distances, reflects our diversity in all its forms and shares our common experience as Canadians. It promotes and defends our two official languages and supports our shared culture. It should contribute to the flow and exchange of cultural experiences and reflect Canada’s rich history, our arts, our culture and our stories to Canadians.

The Liberal Party has committed to working with the Canadian cultural community on a new strategic plan. This would ensure reviewing any provisions of Bill C-60 that do not guarantee CBC independence. A key element of a strong democracy is an independent public broadcaster.”

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

Yes, it is worth the investment. The Liberal Party has announced $150m in new annual funding for the CBC. This commitment goes beyond the current government’s financial reduction of $115m and would enable the broadcaster to prosper in today’s media environment. This renewed funding would be incorporated into the strategic plan.

Like many Canadians the CBC has enriched and informed my life. I’ve also had the special experience of being directly involved with the corporation, playing oboe in the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra, working as the Manitoba correspondent on Morningside with Peter Gzowski, where I had the pleasure of telling Manitoba stories to Canadians, and as a member of the board of directors of the CBC in the 1980s where I participated in forming policy and programming.

Those opportunities gave me insight into the nature of broadcasting, which is changing dramatically. We need serious re-imagining of the role of public broadcasting in Canada, and internationally. What hasn’t changed is the need for high quality news and public affairs, the value of showcasing the work of artists, musicians, writers, poets and dancers and the importance of reflecting Canadian values and diversity to our citizens and to others around the world.

If elected to be the Member of Parliament from Winnipeg South Centre, I pledge my full support and a strong voice for restoring the damaging cuts to the CBC, and to reinvigorate public support for a valued national institution.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes, the Liberal Party has endorsed this necessary reform. Appointments should be merit-based and strive to reflect Canada’s diversity. A Liberal government after October 19 will work with partners to develop the strategic plan for the CBC, mentioned above, consistent with the Liberal Open Government Plan.


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Matt Henderson – NDP

Q1. Will you work to repeal the provisions of Bill C-60 that undermine the CBC’s independence?

In 2013, the NDP fought Bill C-60 and proposed amendments to this troubling piece of legislation. We actively fought against it through petitions and public consultation and recognize this law as an attack on our freedom of association, on collective bargaining, and on the independence of Crown corporations and our public broadcaster. We believe that the CBC should remain an independent, objective, transparent and innovative public broadcaster that represents Canadians.

As an educator who uses CBC resources on a daily basis, and as a contributing writer, I am highly aware of the need for greater independence and the need for a public broadcaster to represent the many voices of Canadians not normally represented in mainstream media.

Q2. Will you advocate in favour of increasing CBC funding to at least half of the average invested by western democracies?

The NDP is highly aware and concerned about cuts to the CBC. The Liberals cut the CBC’s budget by 1/3 in 1997, the most devastating cuts thus far. The NDP will cancel the $115 million in CBC cuts by the CPC. We’ll guarantee stable, predictable, multi-year financing to protect the CBC from advertising market fluctuations and to help ensure its editorial independence from government.

Q3. Should political patronage appointments to CBC’s Board be ended, and should the Board be responsible to hire and fire CBC’s President?

Yes. We’ll implement an independent process for appointing members of CBC’s Board of Directors.