Archive for February 2nd, 2012

VIDEO: CBC paying for and airing porn online

- February 2nd, 2012

COLUMN: LILLEY – Moore shoots porn messenger

- February 2nd, 2012

Minister’s comments after porn revelation are beyond inappropriate

by Brian Lilley

You would think that when a cabinet minister of any political party was asked about a government body broadcasting pornography and using tax dollars to do that, they might be a little shocked and demand answers.
Not current Conservative MP and Heritage Minister James Moore: He attacked the messenger.
“I know you’re in the business of just going after the CBC, but I can’t comment on something I haven’t seen,” Moore told QMI Agency reporter Kris Sims when asked about CBC’s French arm showing pornographic material on one of its websites.
It’s not like Moore wasn’t given a chance to see the material.
Moore was approached by Sims who was armed with an iPad that had portions of a recent show loaded up. Moore refused to watch the clips.
It’s bad enough for Moore to dodge questions and attack a media outlet asking valid questions about government spending. But what is worse is that he wasn’t done taking a run at my colleague or Sun Media.
As Sims was busy trying to listen in on a scrum with interim Liberal leader Bob Rae in the foyer of the House of Commons, Moore, a minister of the Crown, approached her and asked about the Sunshine girls. He equated a private company publishing pictures of women in bikinis to tax money paying for full-on sex to be posted online by the government-owned broadcaster.
Moore later told Sims that she was being used as a pawn by Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau to attack CBC so that the company could gain a larger share of the French-languange TV audience in Quebec.
Once that happens, Moore said, Sun News Network will be shut down: “You know that’s going to happen right?”
This outburst by Moore is inappropriate on so many levels.
First, he’s responsible for CBC, which is using tax dollars to import pornography from France to post on its website. As if the Internet didn’t have enough porn to begin with. By dodging questions and attacking the messenger, Moore is dodging responsibility.
Second, Moore holds an immense amount of power over Canada’s cultural industries as the heritage minister. Quebecor is one of the largest, if not the largest, private producer of Canadian content. Several arms of the company report to regulators and funding bodies that are overseen by Moore.
What on earth was he thinking in attacking Quebecor and its CEO, Pierre Karl Peladeau?
Moore’s actions call his impartiality into question.
Asking about CBC paying a private firm in France for the rights to broadcast porn on a government-owned website is a legitimate line of questioning.
When it comes to speaking about the CBC, Moore changes his message depending on the audience.
To the CBC crowd, he reassures them that they are the lynch-pin that holds the country together and that their funding is safe. To his fellow Conservative MPs questioning him at committee, Moore is adamant that CBC must be open and accountable for their use of tax dollars – even though he’s never actually forced them to be more open.
But when we at QMI Agency or Sun News Network ask about CBC, Moore is hostile, mocking and at times contemptuous.
With Wednesday’s response, he has shown that even when it comes to taxpayers funding smut, he’d rather attack a reporter and a private media outlet than question his cherished state broadcaster.

COLUMN: Duhaime – Lower the voting age to 16

- February 2nd, 2012

The young and the voteless

by Eric Duhaime

Should we lower the voting age to 16?

The issue is back on the table in Quebec since the Parti Quebecois adopted the proposition last weekend at its national council meeting.

The separatist movement is currently in a desperate mood, after the quasi-disappearance of the Bloc Quebecois in the last federal election and the implosion of the PQ since.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

PQ strategists figure they could have won the 1995 referendum if the youth had only voted.

Now it seems it’s not just because of “money and the ethnic vote” that the Yes camp lost. Read more…