OTTAWA, Nov. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Prime Minister Harper has retained the
influence of his office over CBC with his choice to appoint a hand picked
selection to replace Jean Chrétien's man as President and CEO of CBC.
Friends' finds this troubling, particularly in view of Mr. Harper's
(http://www.friends.ca/news/Fact_Sheets/factsheets09230401.asp) agenda for
public broadcasting and cultural sovereignty.
"Prime Minister Harper has ignored a unanimous recommendation of the
House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in appointing Hubért
Lacroix as President of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation," said Friends'
spokesperson Ian Morrison.
In 2003 the Heritage Committee recommended that: "...in the interests of
fuller accountability and arm's-length from government, nominations to the CBC
Board should be made by a number of sources, and the CBC President should be
hired by and be responsible to the Board."
In common with other major corporations, the Board of Directors of the
CBC should have the responsibility of hiring and firing its chief executive
officer. The tradition of Prime Ministers appointing the CBC President and
Board separates Canada from the best practice of other western democratic
countries and calls into question the government's intentions for public
"It is against the national interest for the senior leader of Canada's
public broadcaster to be appointment by a politician. In continuing his
predecessors' practice, Mr. Harper has embraced a regrettable tradition which
reduces the arms-length relationship between the national broadcaster and the
government of the day," Morrison said.
For further information:
For further information: Jim Thompson, (613) 447-9592