MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Debate on CBC Funding

Hansard – March 31, 2009 – CBC Debate
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it is important to recognize that despite the rhetoric and the blaming of who cut more and how fast, we have real situations right now that are actually causing Canadian culture and jobs to be lost.
In Windsor, for example, CBC/Radio-Canada has been stripped to bare bones and we are losing other reporting. That is really important because in the shadow of the United States we face an onslaught of media, especially with French language. We do not have carriage outside of our discourse in the United States with use of French language. In fact, many Canadians in the United States get French language services from the CBC and regional development.
I would like to ask my colleague this. He continues to stand here and talk about the fact that the government has provided more money but what is the result at the end of the day? How has the government preserved that in Windsor and other places and why is the minister not telling the CBC to get its act together and not cut regional programming, especially French language services, that nobody else provides in North America?
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I think it is really important to acknowledge that without the CBC, especially in border communities like ours where we actually project into the United States to Canadians as well, it cannot tell stories like the Navistar truck plant announcement where the government has decided to send $200 million to Texas instead of to Chatham where those vehicles are produced and that we are going to lose that voice not only domestically but internationally.