CBC is an insult to all Canadians and I’m not talking about the state broadcaster’s on-air offerings.
Does anyone actually believe that CBC news reader Peter Mansbridge makes between $63,797.54 and $80,485.22 a year?
Well, those were the figures Hubert Lacroix, president of the CBC, sent to a Senate committee examining the future of the state broadcaster. Senators had asked for the information on top earning on-air talent.
CBC also tried to claim that radio host Jian Ghomeshi and TV host Amanda Lang earned between $60,844.32 and $77,390.42 last year, figures no one is buying.
You might think this a witch hunt by the Conservatives but even Liberals in the Senate are fuming.
“It’s just not credible. You can’t give us numbers like that and expect us to believe it,” Sen. Terry Mercer told QMI Agency. Read more…
OTTAWA — CBC’s bombshell claim that the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on Canadian soil with the support of the Harper government was blown to bits Monday after the state broadcaster released its source documents.
Last Wednesday, CBC’s The National trumpeted a story of American spies targeting foreign leaders.
“Stephen Harper’s government allowed the largest American spy agency to conduct widespread surveillance in Canada during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits,” the headline on CBC’s website read.
The documents, released online Monday, don’t support that claim and read more like a standard security briefing ahead of an international summit.
Wesley Wark , a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa, said the claims made by the story and the words in the documents don’t match.
“There was no support in the document for the claim originally made by the CBC that CSEC (the Communications Security Establishment Canada would lend its technical expertise to the NSA effort,” Wark said.
Security analyst David Harris of Insignis Strategic Research agreed with Wark that the documents don’t support the claims CBC made in its original story.
“As smoking guns go this is the ultimate smokeless gun, there’s no compelling evidence of any kind of CSEC collaboration with any imagined NSA plot to penetrate private discussions of visiting government leaders,” Harris told QMI Agency.
That’s a far cry from the way CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge and reporter Greg Weston played the story last Wednesday evening on The National.
“The U.S. was monitoring the communications of world leaders while they were all in Toronto for the G20 summit and Canadian officials approved it,” Mansbridge said as he introduced the story.
Weston claimed on air that the spying operation was done, “all with the blessing of the Canadian government.”
“Beyond the indication about ‘co-ordination’ with the Canadian partner there are no details about what CSEC or the Canadian government felt about this U.S. operation,” Wark said.
CBC obtained the documents from Glenn Greenwald the journalist, lawyer and former porn promoter who has been working with NSA leaker Edward Snowden. CBC paid Greenwald for access to the documents, a fact omitted from the broadcast of their original story.
Harris called it strange that CBC partnered with someone like Greenwald, a person who calls for more open government, but initially refused to release the documents.
“For people pushing governments to be more honest and transparent, it certainly took a lot to get the documents out of them,” Harris said.
Channeling past privatizations: Like Air Canada and Petro-Can before it, let’s sell the CBC
by Brian Lilley
If Stephen Harper wants to leave his mark on Canada, I have some advice for him: Sell the CBC.
The PM and the rest of the MPs return to Ottawa next week for the start of a new session of Parliament and a new speech from the throne. We’ve heard plenty about how the government will focus on families and consumers with small pocketbook measures to make Canadians happy and lower our bills.
I say that not only would selling CBC save Canadian families money, it would be the kind of change Stephen Harper came to Ottawa to accomplish. Supporters of CBC always act as if any call to sell the state broadcaster is simply an attempt to shut it down and do away with a competitor. Hardly.
Selling CBC would simply put my competition in private hands. Read more…
Parks Canada paid CBC for coverage of Franklin search
by Brian Lilley
Only in the whacky world of the government would it make sense for one government agency to pay a Crown corporation money to do the job that they are already funded to do.
But that’s what happens here in official Ottawa.
Last year, Parks Canada was headed to Arctic waters to look for the sunken ships of the ill-fated Franklin expedition. Sounds like a great story, the kind lots of Canadians and lots of Canadian broadcasters would be interested in.
But Parks Canada struck a secret deal with CBC to grant it the exclusive rights to the search and then paid CBC to take those broadcast rights.
Broadcasters normally pay and pay big to get exclusive broadcast rights. From CBC paying millions of taxpayer dollars to get the rights to NHL hockey, to bidding wars for events such as the Olympics or Super Bowl, broadcasters pay for the right to air a program.
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. Read more…
Brian Lilley is the host of Byline on Sun News Network and a senior correspondent for Sun Media's Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa. His weekly column is published in more than 30 daily newspapers across Canada and he appears on several leading talk radio stations.
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Brian Lilley is Senior Correspondent for Sun Media on Parliament Hill.
Brian has been covering politics for the last 10 years. Five of those years were spent as Ottawa Bureau Chief.