The CBC is a mechanism used by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to acculturate the Canadian populace. It receives $1.7 billion from the federal government each year to promote its left-wing ideological goal, which does not reflect the views of the majority of Canadians.
As we have previously explained, the likes of former CBC President Hubert Lacroix and current President Catherine Tait have violated the Broadcast Act by promoting only left-wing propaganda programming. They have had no hesitation in doing so since the CBC has been assured that the Liberal government will continue to subsidise its operations, despite, or maybe because of, its prejudice.
Trudeau has frequently used the CBC to disparage his Conservative Party rivals. For example, CBC attempted to obstruct the Conservative campaign against the liberals in 2019. For those who are oblivious, two weeks prior to the 2019 Canadian federal election, the CBC sued the Conservative Party for exploiting clips from its coverage as campaign literature.
The CBC is also attempting to indoctrinate children by its program, CBC Kids News, which is thinly disguised propaganda to promote the left-wing agenda. Children as young as 10 years old are the stars of this program, which discusses such issues as sex education curricula, transgenderism, recreational marijuana, etc. The children on this program are puppets for the adult journalists and producers who feed them their lines.
However, not all leaders, such as Trudeau, seek to undermine the integrity of democratic institutions. Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre recently pledged to “defund” the CBC if elected Prime Minister. Poilievre is correct in attempting to restore media independence, which has been tarnished in the eyes of the Canadian public as a stooge of Trudeau.
However, this has irritated the CBC President. Ms. Tait joined Mr. Poilievre in the political trenches, rather than elevating public discourse about the CBC’s future in a fractured and crowded media landscape.
“There is a lot of CBC-bashing going on – somewhat stoked by the Leader of the Opposition,” she said. “I think they feel the CBC is a mouthpiece for the Liberal government.”
Any CBC president should remain stubbornly above the fray in the face of any politician’s attack on the public broadcaster or its journalists. The CBC’s greatest defence against Mr. Poilievre’s claims of pro-Liberal bias is to follow its own journalistic standards and practices. The majority of Canadians are intelligent enough to understand political hyperbole for what it is. And they don’t need Ms. Tait to tell them what to think about the CBC.
Ms. Tait must understand that it is disturbing for Canadians to hear the head of the CBC express political beliefs that may put doubt on the public broadcaster’s neutrality. The organization’s tone is set by the president. If the higher ups are openly feuding with the federal opposition leader, Canadians’ perceptions of the CBC’s political coverage will deteriorate. Yet this is hardly the first time Ms. Tait has risked doing this. In a speech last year, titled “Bringing People Together in a Polarized World,” Ms. Tait associated “freedom convoy” protesters who had occupied downtown Ottawa in early 2022 with disinformation campaigns aimed at undermining democratic institutions.
One has to question why Ms. Tait would risk angering so many Canadians when the public broadcaster is facing such dire straits. Its English-language TV audience is already small and declining. Its newscasts attract a small percentage of the viewers that watch CTV. Perhaps the millions of dollars pumped into her wallet by the Trudeau administration are more valuable than being committed to her vocation.