Thursday, November 24, 2011

CBC ordered to hand over papers

The CBC has once again been told by a court it is legally required to turn over papers to Suzanne Legault, Canada’s information commissioner. This time it is a unanimous decision by the Federal Court of Appeal, which upheld an earlier Federal Court decision.

The national broadcaster has been refusing to hand over 16 requests for information, claiming it is allowed to protect its journalistic, creative and programming material. It also refused to allow Ms. Legault to review the material in order to assess its decision. Ms. Legault took the case to court in 2010 and won, but the CBC appealed to a higher court. It was that appeal the went against the CBC in yesterday’s decision.

So here we have a semi-public agency, the CBC, defying a law it insists other public agencies follow diligently, for which defiance it is sued by a public official, loses its case, appeals to a higher court and loses once more—all with public money. There’s something seriously wrong with this picture.

So long as the CBC has access to ever more of taxpayers’ money, they’ll never act in a financially prudent manner. It’s time to trim its wings.

© Russell G. Campbell, 2011


  1. Looking forward to seeing what those lame-ass' Strombo and Mansbridge are earning. Shameless Liberal shills.

  2. CBC is hiding something which they don't want us to see. which leaves us to assume the whereabouts the money is spent, the large salaries they get for no work at. on unions, political parties(lib/ndpq).
    I wouldn't be surprised that they buy their homes with our money or take long vacations with it.

    I find it rather suspicious that the NDPQ attack the conservatives for investigating into CBC and not only that, ndpq want more money on top of the $1.6billion be added on for CBC.

  3. Canadian's need to stay one this one until the snake's head is cut off. Who the Hell do these guys think they are anyway?
    Cut funding completely and gut this useless entity called the CBC once and for all.
    Love it!

  4. Let's face it, the CBC is corrupt to the core. The theft of taxpayer money to pay lawyers in order to stay unaccountable tells the story. Only people with something to hide would go to the extremes the CBC execs have gone to. The CBC has been willfully breaking the law in order to hide the culture of corruption so ingrained in that diseased organization. Will CBC waste more taxpayer money spent on lawyers and more appeals? Or will they finally realize the game is over and be exposed as the cess pool of corruption that they are.