On behalf of all New Democrats, Official Opposition Heritage Critic Tyrone Benskin (Jeanne-Le Ber) congratulated the Corporationâ€™s management, staff, supporters and all the talented creators and artists who have helped contribute to this impressive milestone.
â€œSince its inception in 1936, CBC has represented the vision and the voice that is Canada. Their achievement in unifying the diversity of people and the vastness of this nation as well as bringing together the linguistic dualism and cultural plurality which define us is nothing short of incredible,â€� said Mr. Benskin.
â€œAs recently as last week, CBC reported to Parliament on the impressive progress theyâ€™ve made to expand local news service, drive domestic production of original Canadian programming, protect minority language communities and digitize content while remaining fiscally transparency and accountable to taxpayers,â€� continued Mr. Benskin.
However, he cautioned vigilance in response to a concerted campaign to defund the national institution. â€œWe have a Government circulating defunding petitions and irresponsible calls for CBCâ€™s complete or partial elimination,â€� explained Mr. Benskin.
New Democrats have pressed the government for stable investments in arts and culture, including CBC. Canadian cultural industries add about 85 billion annually into the Canadian economy.
â€œUnlike the present Government,â€� Benskin concluded, â€œNew Democrats will stand by our commitment to support Canadaâ€™s vital arts and cultural sector, including seeing the CBC through its next 75 years.â€�
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