Vive Le Canada

The CBC needs your support now!
Date: Wednesday, June 23 2004

The CBC is seriously threatened and we have to act before it's too late.

There is still a strong possibility that the Conservatives could form the next government, but many Canadians are unaware of Conservative plans for CBC. Stephen Harper has said on several occasions during the election that a Conservative government will commercialize parts of the CBC including the English TV network and Radio Two.

It's not too late to head that off. Regardless of which party wins, we have to send a message that we want a stronger CBC, not a more commercial one. Please visit our campaign website at:

It is imperative to send that message right away to all of the major party leaders and you can do that in one simple step on our website.

In light of the threat from the Conservatives, I also implore you to forward this message to your personal e-mail list. Please encourage everyone you know to join you in this campaign in support of a stronger CBC.

When Mr. Harper says commercialize, he probably means privatize. At the very least it means the Conservatives want to cut public funding for CBC instead of increasing it as called for by the recent report of the all-party Heritage Committee. Instead of providing Canadians with more Canadian programming, the Conservatives want to turn the CBC into another commercial network that sells us to advertisers rather than serving us as citizens.

If you think this message is overly alarmist, I invite you to review Mr. Harper's exact words as well as the positions of the other major parties on our campaign website.

When the candidates come knocking for your vote, tell them you want a stronger CBC. And if you attend an election meeting, please challenge the Conservative candidate on this issue. We must make our voices heard before it's too late!

You can start by visiting our website at: and sending a message.

Arthur Lewis,
Executive Director,
Our Public Airwaves

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