I don’t know why so many “Conservative” MPs line up to hand out the pork in their ridings. If they really did stand for smaller government they would refuse to participate and sometimes MPs actually do refuse to make certain announcements.
Which brings me to Peter Braid the Conservative MP for Kitchener-Waterloo. Why is he celebrating the opening of a new CBC service in his riding? Not only is he celebrating this and joining in on the announcement but he is putting his name out on the CBC news release.
Here’s the email Braid sent out to supporters recently.
Please join me in welcoming the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)’s newest broadcasting centre location on King Street West in Kitchener.
I am pleased to support the important role the CBC plays across Canada – and now right here in our own community.
Peter Braid, MP
Not exactly what you would expect from a co-called Conservative now is it. But wait….it gets worse! Here is the news release put out by CBC and featured on Braid’s website.
NEW CBC KITCHENER-WATERLOO BROADCAST CENTRE
TO BE LOCATED AT 117 KING STREET WEST
On July 25, 2012, CBC News announced that its new Kitchener-Waterloo broadcast centre will be located at 117 King Street West in Kitchener, ON. Starting this winter, CBC will provide residents of Waterloo Region with new local radio and digital news services. The King Street West location for the new broadcast centre places it in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo’s commercial core, close to key city areas including Kitchener City Hall.
“We are delighted to bring CBC to the Waterloo Region this winter”, said Susan Marjetti, Managing Director of CBC for the Ontario Region. “With this new location, we’re continuing to demonstrate our commitment to Canadians and our communities. Our team will be in the middle of all the action, covering the Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge area.”
The new CBC Kitchener-Waterloo service will have strong local news, compelling radio current affairs, and a vibrant digital offering beginning this winter.
“I welcome the CBC’s presence in the Waterloo Region, bringing expanded services to local residents,” said Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo. “This new station will also increase the profile of our community on the national stage, recognizing our growing importance as a centre of innovation and entrepreneurialism.”
The new service expansion is part of CBC’s Everyone, Every Way strategic plan to better connect more than six million Canadians over the next four years, in areas which have been identified as underserviced. This spring, CBC launched a new digital service in Hamilton, and other new service plans have been unveiled for Kelowna, Kamloops, Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax, St. John’s, London and Ottawa.
Did you catch the end of Braid’s quote? He said his city is, “…a centre of innovation and entrepreneurialism.”
Not when he is done with it.
What on earth is entrepreneurial about using government money to fund the competition for the 570 News, BOB FM or KICX FM? These and several other stations right in the K-W area are trying to be entrepreneurial by making a go of it without government help. What does the local “Conservative” MP do? He celebrates the state broadcaster moving into town.
It would be one thing if Braid were celebrating a new private sector competitor. Competition is good but not when the competition comes with the backing and deep pockets of the government. I shouldn’t be surprised though Braid’s website is a listing of funding announcements with everything from $600,000 for artists to millions for the auto industry.
Which is why I say everyone should remember that come the next election in 2015 there will be an open nomination for the federal Conservatives in Kitchener-Waterloo. Anyone that thinks they can respect the taxpayer better than Braid should seek to turf him out.