Reform the CBC

01 Nov 2011 Reform the CBC

Jason Clemens, Financial Post · Nov. 1, 2011: The nation’s public broadcaster, the CBC, has attracted a lot of attention over the last few weeks. All the discussion is occurring within an Ottawa environment where at least $4-billion (probably more now, given the slowing economy) has to be found over the next three years for the government to balance its budget as planned. Unfortunately, the discourse about the CBC tends to be overly emotive and ideological rather than practical.

To objectively evaluate the CBC within the broader context of government services and programs that are all facing potential budget cuts (transfers to individuals and the provinces have been exempted), one should compare the broadcaster’s goals against its performance. But within what framework? In 1994, the Chrétien Liberals introduced a yearlong process of review for all government spending, which led to the historic 1995 budget. The spending review was based on six tests: Keep reading


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