Monday, November 17, 2014
The Day Thousands Took to the Streets to Defend the CBC
It was a stirring sight. And for the beleaguered CBC it couldn't have come at a better time, or be more welcome.
Thousands of people marching in streets of Montreal and other places, to demand that the Harper regime stop killing the corporation.
CBC/Radio-Canada supporters gathered in Montreal, Matane, Sept-Îles, Quebec City, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Rimouski, Gaspé and Moncton in New Brunswick to protest against deep cuts and job losses at the Crown corporation.
And all I can say is it's about time.
Because the cuts the Cons have inflicted on the CBC have been brutal.
The corporation is slowly bleeding to death.
Last summer, CBC/Radio-Canada president Hubert Lacroix announced his plans to trim staff, cutting 1,500 employees by 2020.
And to make matters even worse, as a former Radio Canada manager points out, the assault is coming from without and within.
To reduce the corporation’s independence, what better way than to name a president and CEO, Hubert Lacroix, who is prepared to implement the wishes of the current government and have his mandate renewed for another five years as a reward? To ensure the support of the board, the government also appointed those who contribute financially to the Conservative party.
From the Cons, the CBC President himself, and the Con board.
CBC/Radio-Canada is probably this country’s most important institution and it is seriously threatened because the arm’s-length relationship between the government of the day and CBC/Radio-Canada has never been as fragile as it is now.
And this too is true: if Canadians don't do more to defend that precious national institution, which as flawed as it may be, is still OURS.
Stephen Harper and his alien cult WILL kill it.
Or slowly cook it in its own blood...
It is high time for all Canadians to realize that this precious resource, this essential national institution, their voice and their eyes and ears on the world, is truly in danger of disappearing forever.
Because for Harper the CBC is one of the threads that holds this country together, and makes it more than just a collection of provinces.
And he hates everything it stands for with a passion.
Oh boy. You know there's one thing I REALLY admire about the people of my province.
When the Cons threaten the institutions and the values they believe in, they are willing to take to the streets to defend them...
And I only wish that more Canadians in the rest of the country were like them, instead of being so passive.
But if that is the way it is, and we can't change the way we are, let's at least make a solemn vow.
Let's promise that in the election campaign our poor battered CBC will not be forgotten.
And that we will make this ghastly leader pay for what he has done...
Let the Great Canadian Resistance send that little monster this message, in our quieter way.
He will not destroy the CBC.
And he will be defeated.
Before he destroy this country...
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