The Conservatives cut $150 million from the CBC in the last budget. Add this to the over $400 million the Liberals cut while they were in office and it is little wonder that the CBC is in a very difficult fiscal position.
Polls show us that the great majority of Canadians agree on the importance of the CBC and its role in bringing us together despite our differences and distances.
They also largely come together in imagining the CBC’s future: a place of communication, of discussion, of information and exchange; a place for Canadian content and culture to be experienced and enjoyed. We need a public broadcaster, because none other can truly say that every single Canadian is a shareholder.
Motion on the future of CBC/Radio-Canada
TABLED BY PIERRE NANTEL, JUNE 2012
That, in the opinion of this House, the government should:
(a) recognize the important role played by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada
in developing unique Canadian content in both official languages, sustaining the arts and culture industry in Canada, and bringing together Canadians from east to west while also supporting regional identities with content that is both local and national;
(b) reverse the cuts to CBC’s budget; and
(c) provide CBC with adequate and stable funding .