Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kenney: "The CBC lies all the time."

When backed into a corner, the last few days on the Bev Oda implosion, the Harper crew flash their true colours:
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday that Ms. Oda has apologized. When pressed by The Canadian Press on whether that was enough after misleading the House of Commons, Mr. Kenney shot back: “The CBC lies all the time. What media are you with?”
Or, as reported here, it might have been a reference to the Quebec sister to the CBC:
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday that Oda has apologized. When pressed on whether that was enough after misleading the Commons, Kenney shot back in French: "Radio-Canada, they lie all the time."
A visceral, gut reaction there from Kenney that speaks volumes about how the Harper Conservatives really feel about the public broadcaster.

Update (6:50 p.m.): Beyond the hostility toward the CBC, which Conservatives have exhibited for years really, there's the distrust the government is sowing in the broadcaster as well with such remarks. That may be the stuff of various allies but for a minister to be officially crowing it, that's quite something. The government is supposed to represent all of us and a good many of us support the public broadcaster. It's another can of worms to be opened up in a future election.

Update (8:00 p.m.): Some further context. Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Heritage, mused at the Heritage Committee in November about the future of CBC's funding. There was a resulting demonstration of opposition against those ominous musings in his riding ("I Love CBC - Peterborough").

Moore was pressed today, while testifying at the Heritage Committee, to defend the CBC in view of Kenney's comments.

Update (11:15 p.m.): See Scott & BCL on Kenney's back-handed defence of Oda.