Conservative party fundraising letter asks if CBC should be privatized
A fundraising letter from the Conservative Party of Canada's director of political operations decries the growing concentration of media in Canada.
Fred DeLorey pointed out that the percentage of independently owned newspapers in Canada has fallen from 17.3 percent to just one percent since 1990.
But what has raised hackles of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is a section of DeLorey's letter dealing with the CBC.
DeLorey declares in the letter that the national broadcaster receives more than $1 billion per year from the government, "yet is widely perceived as holding a Liberal bias in their news and analysis".
And in a questionaire at the bottom of the letter, DeLorey seeks party members' opinion on which statement "best describes" their views on the CBC:
* CBC provides a vital national service and the $1.2-billion annual cost to taxpayers is acceptable.
* CBC costs taxpayers too much and its operations should be privatized.
* CBC lacks objectivity and its news reporting frequently has a left-of-centre bias.
The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting says that this letter is an indication that "the very existence of Canada's national broadcaster is at stake".
In its own fundraising letter, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting alleges that the Conservatives have a "radical plan to kill CBC" because they need to "secure their base".
This comes after the Conservatives have lost 25 percent of the support they had in winning the 2011 election.
"After all, for Harper it’s all about winning—not what's good for Canada," Friends of Canadian Broadcasting claims. "Now that this radical plan is visible for all to see, it’s logical to conclude the Conservatives will sell or kill the CBC if they are re-elected."