(this one is for you Strombo) I have a problem. I don't believe that News or Entertainment is the domain of government. I believe in public health care, the Police, Firefighters, the Military, and a whole host of government services that facilitates a free and fair society.
I could be convinced that the CBC fits into this category. Chantal Hebert once said that the CBC provides national unity. She was quite animated when she said it (because she was probably talking to me), but I think she meant specifically that removing the cultural lifeline of the CBC from Quebec would be a disaster for everyone. I agree. Its too big to fail, even if it only produces mediocre results on the national unity objective in Quebec.
So we've established that the CBC is impossible to get rid of and its even sort of useful sometimes. Should it not be impartial then? As the effective Ministry of Culture, should they not be as impartial as the RCMP or Revenue Canada? I mean we pool our money to do all these useful things and then it gets funneled into party politics.
Don't believe me? But they are impartial? Don't wear out your rolling eyes because I have proof.
This night on The Hour, Strombo looked directly into the camera and said "We deserve better." He said so three times, like some kind of Liberal hypnotist. You can see him just aching for some kind of traction. The words are no mistake either. "We deserve better" is the bastard step child of "we can do better." The Liberal slogan that made everyone think: no you can't, you actually suck hard.
I remember on the night before an election the cast of Royal Canadian Air Farce got together and actually said to the camera "vote liberal". Aren't there frigging rules about that kind of thing? There should be! Who decides what show gets aired and when? Who picks the cast and to what end? This is where the sinking suspicions about the CBC bias come from. Say what you will about Mike Duffy, but CTV is still a private entity last time I heard. They can do and say what they want and they should not get a bail out if they mess it up. CBC gets a bailout no matter what happens. The Continual Bailout Corporation (CBC). Why can't you guys make some money or die like a real business huh? Can you at least do it fairly then? I don't see them pleading "vote conservative" on Dragons Den, or "vote green" on Dr. Fruit Fly's show (yet). And this is just what I've caught in passing and can remember right now. Imagine what else is out there.
Anyway. I've got some ideas on how to change the CBC for the better without losing the good things it does sometimes. More on that tomorrow.
(Note: The government disagrees with me of course. I have zero say in what goes on in either my party or my government. I'm just a loud mouth idiot with a talent to complain. So don't take it out on them please. Don't take it personal either. Its my country you're messing with.)