Canadian taxpayers cough up a $billion in subsidies  for the CBC.  Heritage Minister James Moore now says the Corporation could now face a cut of five per cent across the board to help Ottawa slay the deficit.  Five per cent across the board would be a huge cut.

Moore added that “The idea that the CBC can’t find five per cent of efficiencies within the CBC to give back to the broader economic framework, I  think is silly.”This projected cut to the CBC begs the question whether Canadian taxpayers would be better off if the CBC were privatized and forced on its own two financial feet.

The fact is many of the CBC’s most popular shows are American.

Should the CBC be privatized

The fact is that in the primary news programs, the CTV with Lloyd Robertson beat CBC with Pastor Mainsbridge by a country mile night after night.

Should the CBC be privatized?

Should Harper cut funds to the CBC?

What do you think?


  1. 1
    SUZANNE Says:

    Sell the CBC! It’s not 1952 any more. There is plenty of Canadian content on cable. It has no reason to exist.

  2. 2
    jim Says:

    Keep the CBC. It may be a bit elitist but at least they are not playing to the least commom denominator as they do in the states. An example of a graduate of the U.S. system? – talking-head Gifford on a visit to Canada a few days ago was happy to impart some of her knowledge about Canadian geography by stating that Montreal is the easternmost city in Canada and that Vancouver is the westernmost. She then compared them to New York being easternmost (wrong) and Los Angeles being westernmost (wrong). That is what happens when broadcast caters to the dumbest. A few years ago the suits in the U.S. tried their best to downgrade the quality of PBS by appointing a non-entity (read: political appointee ignoramus) as president. They tried to turn PBS news into showbusiness. Imagine. Yep, lets keep the old lady with all her warts. Privatize it. No. The privateers would cancel broadcasting to the Arctic, a moneylosing area.

  3. 3
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Surely, Suzanne, the CBC is one of our great cultural bastions. Would you dump it and replace it with some version of Fox News Birth which is for enhanced interrogation (read torture).

  4. 4

    CBC has its uses. I vote we dump the CRTC, instead!

  5. 5

    Yes, dump the CRTC and privatize the CBC.

  6. 6

    Neil…”One of our great cultural bastions”- That’s a bit much!
    Like most Government efforts, I think they could “cut the pork”, show a profit or get out of the business.

  7. 7

    Patti, they can’t show a profit. That would be against the law. The CBC is a non-profit organization by law.

    Neil has a point about its being a cultural bastion. I grew up in towns so remote and small that we got today’s news two weeks from now…unless we turned on the radio (no TV) for six hours of the day and listened to the only station available: the CBC. We got news from around the world, commentary, music (but classical only, not the current fads), and sometimes radio plays. I wasn’t too thrilled with it, but for my parents, it was a sign that there actually was a whole world “outside,” waiting for them to return to civilization.

  8. 8

    Figuratively speaking…a “profit” versus millions down the drain. Maybe they could do something about that loud sucking sound, like most government- run efforts.i.e: School boards…yikes!
    I too grew up in the north-CBC would shut down at 12 sharp and even if it cut the end of a movie…many endings were left hanging 🙂
    That would have been in the 60’s/70’s, I would think that people can be in touch other than CBC these days, with sattelites & all.
    I still think that CBC has outlived it’s mandate or maybe it’s the management.

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    Brian Says:

    CBC is in need of fixing! There is huge duplication in CBC and that is why the cost of running it is huge. If Harper appointed an outside private manager to run the CBC there would be cuts but the public wouldn’t see the cuts in programing because of redundancy and waste.

    So the CBC doesn’t necessarily need to be privatized…it desperately needs to be streamlined!

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    Richard Says:

    Harper won’t cut funds to the CBC because he thinks Moore is looking after this.

    Unfortunately Moore is relying on the current CBC managers and CBC president to spend the public’s money wisely.

    In other words nothing is going to change!

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