By Stephen Pate – CBC has changed it’s focus from direct attacks on Senator Mike Duffy to denouncing the Senate. CBC reporter Terry Milewski’s charges against the Senate can easily be made against the CBC itself.
His story is the kettle calling the pot black. The CBC misrepresents Canadians by spending 37 times more on PEI than major parts of Canada. CBC has expense scandals and sex scandals beyond anything in the Senate.
Forget Mike Duffy – the scandal is the Senate opines CBC this morning.
“If Sen. Mike Duffy’s defense is correct — and he may well be — then almost anything goes in Canada’s farce of an upper chamber,” writes Terry Milewski. “Fly around to party fundraisers on the taxpayer’s dime? No problem. Pay your pals for “advice” on stuff they know little about? All within the rules. Bill for living expenses when you’re at home? Why not?”
Living expenses? The CBC’s CEO gets the CBC to pay for his perk of not living within a normal commute distance from his office. When that wasn’t enough, he cheated by claiming another $29,000 in travel expenses.
CEO Hubert Lacroix didn’t want to move from Montreal to Ottawa when he became the head of the CBC so the CBC agreed to pay his commuting expenses.
Next time you get a job offer in a city far from your current location, try negotiating for living expenses when you decide to show up for work.
The CBC, a government-funded crown corporation, has its own waste and mismanagement. The CBC spends 4 million a year to defend itself from defamation lawsuits, sex abuse human rights scandals and other lawsuits. That’s a lot of money for legal fees.
The Ghomeshi sex scandal is one of the worst in Canadian history and taxpayers funded it and will continue to pay the bills for years as legal costs mount.
Does the Senate under-represent Canadians by population? So does the CBC.
“British Columbia has one senator for every 780,000 residents — six seats for more than 4.6 million people,” writes Milewski. “So each Prince Edward Islander gets 21 times — 21 times! — more representation in the Senate than each British Columbian.”
CBC is just as inept at representing Canadians. Hamilton Ontario is a major metropolitan area of 720,000. It has a mere 7 CBC employees and no on-air presence to report the news. That’s 1 CBC employee for every 100,000 people to put the news on a blog.
50 CBC employees, a huge building and TV and radio broadcasts in 2 languages. That’s one CBC employee for every 2,700 population, a ratio that reflects an even more atrocious ratio of 37 times the number of employees compared with Hamilton.
Let’s have the CBC start reporting its own scandals and waste and cleaning up its act. That is not likely to happen. CBC is refusing to release any incriminating information. Reality Check – CBC Freedom of Information Double Standards
Keep reporting on government waste CBC but don’t forget your own backyard.
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network