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General · 2nd May 2013
Robyn Budd
Seems the Harper Conservatives are at it again, still trying to bring our national broadcaster to its knees. Here's what one democracy watchdog has to say on the matter: "If Prime Minister Harper gets his way, the government will have more control over the CBC than it's ever had in the CBC’s 80-year history. This week, the Harper government snuck sweeping changes to the CBC deep into the last section of the budget - on page 109 - granting it disturbing powers to directly control and interfere with our national broadcaster."
I don't want to lose the CBC. I suspect a significant percentage of the populace may feel similarly. These days we have to 'stand on guard' for everything that defines our country – or used to – from our scientists' right to speak, to the democracy we could once be proud of, to our world-acclaimed national broadcaster, the CBC.
All of these are under attack, at first stealthily and now openly, by the Harper Conservatives.
These are vulnerable and dangerous times – both worldwide and within our own borders – calling for exactly the depth of analysis and investigation the CBC is renowned for delivering.
Is this something we really want to lose? That we can afford to lose?
Fortunately there are more than a few democracy watchdogs out there fighting for free speech in our country – but they can't do it alone. They need us behind them, and they've made it easy for us to take a stand.
Please take a few moments and register your support with SumOfUs.org.
Want to be part of the solution? Go to the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting website. And for more on the latest push by Harper to replace our public broadcaster with a state broadcaster of his own design, read The Hill Times and The Huffington Post articles.
And then: take action. The stakes indeed are huge.