Earlier this week, Canada’s national public broadcaster, the CBC, seemed set to stab every Canadian in the eye—figuratively speaking, of course—by installing former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe as a commentator for Radio-Canada’s Médium Large. His remuneration would, you guessed it, be in addition to his government pension of, reportedly, $140,765 a year.
What makes Duceppe especially suited to the job as television commentator, you may ask?
Well, he’s the son of a well-known actor. Does that count? No? Well how about the fact he used to advocate communism and held membership in the Workers’ Communist Party of Canada? Or perhaps it’s because he was a union organizer before he latched onto the federal government’s teat as a member of parliament so he’d qualify for a fat Canadian pension after only a bit more than 20 years undermining Canada’s federation?
I’m just kidding, of course. Most readers know only too well that the real reason the CBC hired Duceppe is because he’s a separatist and doesn’t believe in Canada. At Radio-Canada, that’s all the qualification one needs to have—the place is a virtual rats’ nest of separatists. Being a communist is just a sweetener.
According to reports, Radio-Canada’s code of journalism standards and practices requires a two-year “cooling off” period for ex-politicians who want to comment or report on politics, so its producers recruited Duceppe to comment on other issues, including culture, science and sports.
Please stop laughing so I can continue.
We now hear that Duceppe has resigned from his new job before ever making it to air. At least he’s consistent: in 2007, he confirmed that he would seek the leadership of Quebec’s Parti Québécois, but the very next day he withdrew from the race. Apparently, he’s backed away from the new gig “after a misunderstanding about the nature of his mandate.” At least, that’s what the CBC’s French-language service said.
I know that English-language programming at the CBC is pretty dreary, but how much worse must it’s French-language version be if it hired Gilles Duceppe, a failed career politician, to comment on culture, science and sports? And apparently they were prepared to pay him for doing so.