Why is it only a problem when member of CBC Board is Conservative?

I have always known that our Canadian media and representatives connected to media are anti-conservative.

But, the complaint by Ian Morrison, spokesperson for the “Friends of Canadian Broadcasting (FCB),” that the CBC Board is too partisan because former PM Mr. Harper appointed 9 of 11 members in 2008, is puzzling.

Yet, check this FCB link and you’ll notice that the group has gone to the trouble of identifying Board members and their donations to the CPC.

So what? Why is the FCB so concerned?

Don’t all Canadians have the right to association under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section Two. I mean, the Charter doesn’t say it is only a right until you:

  1. Are appointed to a public board; or
  2. Support a conservative political party.

Anyway, why such a complaint now?

Well, apparently, Brian Mitchell, a Montreal lawyer and member of the CBC Board, announced his resignation in order to run for the presidency of the Conservative Party of Canada.

The problem, it seems, is that Mitchell was one of those 9 Harper appointees.  Meaning, he is and was a conservative party supporter.

Now, check out Jeremy J. Nuttall’s column in TheTyee.ca which is posted at the very top of a liberal-oriented news aggregator twitter feed and website — as though the fact that Conservatives are on the CBC Board is somehow major news.

To avoid that kind of partisanship, the FCB’s Morrison wants appointments made that are based solely on merit and not political.

Talk about naive!

I did my Ph.D dissertation research on the role of beliefs, as in world view, on teacher practice. What I found out when doing my review of the literature (which covered political beliefs as well) is that there is no living human being, at least one who votes in a free society, who doesn’t have a world view coloured by political ideology.

Yet, Nuttall quotes Morrison as follows:

I read ‘merit-based’ as meaning people with experience, knowledge and perspective that would be appropriate for the board of the largest cultural board in the country,” he said. “I read ‘independent’ to mean not a bunch of party hacks.”

Not a bunch of party hacks? Interesting turn of phrase when you consider that before Mr. Harper made his 9 appointments, there were mostly Liberal appointees on that board.

In other words, might there have been Liberal party hacks prior to 2006? Likely. As Nuttall writes: “When he [Mitchell] was appointed to the CBC board in 2008, he noted, it had few Tory appointees.”

So, it seems that the term party hacks is not only a subjective term, but a biased and pejorative term when it relates to Conservative supporters or donors.


The crux of the matter is that no matter what political party a Canadian associates with, or votes for, they should have the right to be appointed to any public board in the country, including the CBC Board.

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