By André Faust
CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) public owned corporation which was originally set up to be totally independent of the Government and free to produce objective stories without the fear of retribution for advertisers.
Prior to 2013, Stephen Harper has tried to control the CBC by cutting back funding to force the CBC to only deliver desirable news stories that could manipulate public opinion to his favour. Still, this was not enough to have the desired control over the CBC. In order for Harper to have paramount control over the CBC and two other crown agencies; culture and scientific research he his omnibus budget bill, Bill C-60 that received Royal Assent in 2013.
What does this mean for the CBC? According to Huffington Post Canada it means;
The CBC would now be required to get approval from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Treasury Board Committee for any collective bargaining agreement the broadcaster reaches with its employees. The Treasury Board would also have the power to approve or deny pay and benefits for non-unionized employees.
In addition, Harper has stacked the CBC board of directors with his own people. Out of twelve members, nine are his handpicked appointees, so the question is; whose interest will these nine appointees take care of? The CBC or Stephen Harper?
Having this ominous control over CBC Stephen Harper can effectively dictate the content of the news so that the news reported is in his favour. This places Harper in a superior position over the other leaders.
Is this what democracy is all about?
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting say their ad that shows aides being drowned for defending the CBC has been kept off the air by most networks worries about reprisals, due to the Harper effect.