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'It's just never enough.'
"I will tell you emphatically that CBC has been violating the Broadcast Act and their mandate for a long time."
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"This reinvestment is a vote of confidence by government and by Canadians in our programs, our people, and our vision for the future."
"For sure there are going to be reinvestments."
"CBC is the cultural spine of this nation, the very essence of Canadian identity."
Stephane Dion said the CBC's role as a platform for Canadian arts and culture is "paramount," something he said was made clear during recent consultations.
CEO Hubert Lacroix says the CBC has healthy ratings, but is crippled by a broken funding model.
"Can we get more efficient in our usage of space (if) we can compress in less square footage? That's exactly the exercise we're in right now."
The Liberal leader also said he would double the annual funding for the Canada Council of the Arts from $180 million to $360 million.
"The decision to close down production centres is of great concern for our members as it should be for all Canadians."
The CBC brass need to pay attention to the general public's growing apathy towards an institution too often in the news for the wrong reasons. Uncomfortable corporate silences. Lingering questions. Unanswered inquiries. CBC fans can't explain this riddle to themselves, much less to lukewarm listeners. As the embattled broadcaster lobbies for increased government dollars to "Save the CBC" underneath a cloud of checkered transparency and puzzling rationales, taxpayers' appetite for increased spending dries up.
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CBC recently appeared before a Senate Committee examining its future and demonstrated that it has no real strategy for the future.
Many thousands of us who love the CBC -- and love to hate some parts of it -- spend a lot of time discussing its future and not doing enough to help save it. But now, with the election only a few months away, we can do something constructive.
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