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News broke yesterday about the CBC’s Radio Canada hiring former separatist leader Gilles Duceppe to host a show on the french-language network. Canadians are outraged and the story led the front pages of a number of Sun newspapers this morning.

When Mr. Duceppe was working to split up Canada from the House of Commons for twenty years in Ottawa he was collecting a paycheque from the Canadian taxpayer. Now that he’s a “retired” politician, he collects $141,000 per year in his gold-plated pension — also paid by the taxpayer.

If this isn’t outrageous enough, Duceppe has landed a gig at the state broadcaster. For a man working for independence for so many years, he’s always the first in line for a cheque from the Government of Canada.

This shows that the CBC isn’t even holding true to its mandate of being a supposed unifying cultural force for all Canadians. But leave it to the twisted logic of our state-run broadcaster to seek unity through division. And to think that’s what the cultural elites said what Sun News would do!

The final outrage? CBC won’t disclose what they’re we’re paying Duceppe as a state employee.

We here at the National Citizens Coalition are calling upon Heritage Minister James Moore to extend federal accountability to all Crown Corporations including the CBC. The Ontario Government has a “sunshine” law compels the disclosure of salaries of all taxpayer funded positions over $100,000. We’re calling for the same sort of law to be instated federally.

The CBC collects $1.1 Billion worth of taxpayer subsidy every year. How much of this are we using to further subsidize one of Quebec’s most visible separatist leaders?

Will you stand with us at the NCC and demand transparency? Click the recommend button if you want the CBC to account for the taxpayer dollars it’s wasting on separatism.

UPDATE: Gilles Duceppe has resigned!

  • Liz J

    He must be hacking, he needs to be checked out.

    BTW, I knew he would take the bait with my comment on Conrad Black. He’s really going off the deep end filling his boots on the subject.

    Conrad Black was definitely a victim of Chretien’s vindictiveness, he’s a better person than his detractors and has contributed much more to the country than his detractors. By creating the tool to expose the rot he did us all a big favour. 

  • batb

    I totally agree, Liz!

    Sometimes I wonder if kenn2 is Stephen Taylor’s evil twin — especially now that I find he’s capable of reading my filtered comments, to which I have no access. Hmmm … Do you know how to contact Stephen? Seeing as I do neither Facebook nor Twitter, it seems that I’m cut off — except to use the comments function.

  • Liz J

    Guess you could put a comment at the top of the thread leading off with “ATTENTION!” IS THIS BLOG BEING HACKED?  I’m sure he checks in from time to time.

  • Anonymous

    Check out “My CBC is …” which points out, as you have, Jon_s38, how
    irrelevant the Continually Bulls**tting Canadians network is to most of
    us. So far, there are 320 comments, most of them critical of the CBC,
    its biases, and the $1.1-billion it costs taxpayers every year

    (….riiight . Like you were just doing some idle CBC-perusing and just accidentally fell across that page)

    Nice trolling, kids!  Though it frightens me to think that there are even that many crabby nuts in your mailing list. Or is it actually a smaller number, and each of you did, say, 5 or 10 posts each?

  • Anonymous

    (Hey, einstein – when you post a reply, it gets sent directly to the person you are replying, as well as being submitted to the forum engine. )

  • Anonymous

     (check my reply to the bat upstream. Or, if you like, you can consider me a technical wizard. Yawn… Your choice)

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who would suggest that Conrad Black is a “victim” and  somehow worthy of national praise… and considering all the genuinely worthy Canadians, including Duceppe, that you’ve slagged here…wow. hypocrites seems too tame a word.

    Have you no shame at all?

  • batb

    Excuse me. I’m not einstein.

    I don’t take advantage of being e-mailed whenever someone responds to one of my comments. I’m glad you clarified how you read my filtered comment — and would thank you if you hadn’t begun your response with “Hey, einstein …”

    Children are so disrespectful these days …

  • batb

    Duceppe may be a “genuinely worthy Quebecer but a “genuinely worthy Canadian?

    I don’t think so.

    Duceppe doesn’t even want to be a Canadian. So, being a genuinely worthy Canadian is an impossibility.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Ahoy! What’s the trouble?

  • Liz J

    Get a grip. It’s so fun to have a troll snapping up the bait hook, line and sinker.

  • batb

    I didn’t post at CBC at all.

    But, I sure enjoyed reading all of the comments. Whether you like it or not –or believe it or not –  most Canadians have no use for the CBC. Their share of viewers — which is about 6% — makes that very clear. As for the rest of us, we’re sick and tired of news and documentaries being filtered through a left-lib-anti-c/Conservative lens.

    It’s astonishing that the CBC gets 70% of their funding from the government, whereas PBS, which provides far superior programming, receives only 23% of their funding from government. It’s time for the CBC to sink or swim on its own and to get off the taxpayers’ teat.

  • Anonymous

    But, I sure enjoyed reading all of the comments.

    Of course. Cos all your buddies wrote ‘em.   If there’s one thing the right does right, it’s getting the base to turn out.

  • Anonymous

    You just keep backing your rich white criminals. Everyone needs a hobby.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t take advantage of being e-mailed whenever someone responds to one of my comments.

    I don’t scream “hacker!” when there’s a perfectly logical and obvious explanation.

  • batb

    For heaven’s sake, kenn2.

    I didn’t call you a “hacker.” I asked you, perfectly politely, how you knew what was in my filtered comment — which, ironically, I no longer had access to, because I hadn’t saved it. What I did say to you, was that I would have liked to get in touch with Stephen Taylor to ask how another commenter can access a comment that’s been filtered.

    Does, in fact, a comment that I have made in reply to another commenter get e-mailed to them immediately, even though it could later be removed and not even appear on this blog? I’m quite sure I know what I wrote that would have made Stephen uncomfortable — even though what I wrote was factual — but I’d like to know how all of this works. It’s a bit disconcerting to have another commenter quote what one has written, when one’s comment has been removed.

    Stephen, can you answer my question?

  • batb

    Yeah, just one big happy party, I guess.

  • batb

    In a nutshell, Stephen, here’s the issue:

    How is kenn2 able to quote from my filtered
    comment (to which even I had no access because, ironically, I didn’t save it, thinking I would copy and paste it from the comments here).

    Here’s what kenn2 wrote a few comments above this one:

    [begin quote]

    Your filtered response was just too priceless not to make public, at least in part:

    Black renounced his citizenship because Chretien forced him to: He would
    not allow Lord Black to accept the peerage and remain a Canadian
    citizen. It’s not as though others hadn’t become members of the House of
    Lords and retained their Canadian citizenships — so Chretien was
    showing his true thuggish, vindictive colours.

    [end quote]

    He points out that as soon as there is a reply to a comment of his, “it gets sent directly to the person [to whom] you are replying, as well as being submitted to the forum engine.” Because I don’t receive replies automatically (maybe you have to sign up somewhere and I haven’t) and because I have no idea how to access “the forum engine” I wasn’t able to locate — nor did I try — my filtered comment.

    Would you mind explaining to me just how it is that kenn2 was able to access my filtered comment? Many thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve already told you – any reply to to a person gets emailed to that person, as well as being submitted.  If you signed up but used a junk or dead email address… that’s where replies to you are going.

    No, you cannot access your own posts again if they’ve been filtered.

  • Anonymous

    Does, in fact, a comment that I have made in reply to another commenter get e-mailed to them immediately, even though it could later be removed and not even appear on this blog?

    yes

  • Anonymous

    Lyin’ Liz rides again.

  • batb

    There was no bile in it. I simply told the truth about Chretien, his vindictive personality, and the LPC’s ties to Power Corporation. Seeing as these connections have been bandied about here before, I was surprised that my comment was pulled — but that’s completely Stephen’s prerogative. 

    I also mentioned how fortunate Canadians are that Conrad Black founded and funded the National Post, which is largely how Canadians found out about AdScam and a whole lot of other LPC scams and scandals, which our other media were, largely and very kindly for the LPC, keeping mum about.

    So, as you can see, I fully own my comment. I’m sorry it was filtered but, as I said, this is Stephen’s blog and he can pull any comment he wants.

  • batb

    So, I reply to Stephen Taylor’s comment and you answer, kenn2. I’m thinking more and more that you’re his evil twin …

  • Gabby in QC

    A rather odd way of doing blogging “business” IMO. I’ve on occasion composed a reply online and then thought better of it & deleted my comment before hitting the “enter” button.

    That comments get emailed to other commenters before or even though they may not appear here should be made clear to commenters, with some sort of disclaimer or something. After all, not every commenter is well-versed in all the technical stuff. 

  • Anonymous

    Stephen’s prettier. I’m deeper. ;^)

  • Anonymous

    Stephen’s prettier. I’m deeper. ;^)

  • Jon_s38

    The media’s coverage of Layton’s passing is way too over the top for me… acceptable yesterday, perhaps, but not the next day… It’s time to move on in terms of it being THE top story. Layton’s funeral is the next time for that. Simply continuing the public condolences theme as the lead story is not acceptable, IMO. 

    It’s like the passing of Diana… accept not on a global scale but how the media is treating it as a national issue. Too much fawning. Saw one of the news readers on Canada AM yesterday ask an NDP strategist yesterday, “Why was he so popular among Canadians?” And not in response to what the strategist had said, but her own views after an unrelated question had been answered.

    Harper got more votes, a larger share of the popular votes, more seats… I doubt whether she’d ask a Tory strategist why PMSH is so popular with voters… unless it was sarcastically, with a snipe at a Tory strategist who had made that comment. 

    Sorry, folks. Not trying to sound insensitive but the coverage is too much. It’s as if JFK had been assassinated… Global News Toronto even interviewed a psychiatrist, commenting on how people can deal with their grief…. worse, mass outpourings are cathartic.

    Gimme a break.  

  • Jon_s38

    The media’s coverage of Layton’s passing is way too over the top for me… acceptable yesterday, perhaps, but not the next day… It’s time to move on in terms of it being THE top story. Layton’s funeral is the next time for that. Simply continuing the public condolences theme as the lead story is not acceptable, IMO. 

    It’s like the passing of Diana… accept not on a global scale but how the media is treating it as a national issue. Too much fawning. Saw one of the news readers on Canada AM yesterday ask an NDP strategist yesterday, “Why was he so popular among Canadians?” And not in response to what the strategist had said, but her own views after an unrelated question had been answered.

    Harper got more votes, a larger share of the popular votes, more seats… I doubt whether she’d ask a Tory strategist why PMSH is so popular with voters… unless it was sarcastically, with a snipe at a Tory strategist who had made that comment. 

    Sorry, folks. Not trying to sound insensitive but the coverage is too much. It’s as if JFK had been assassinated… Global News Toronto even interviewed a psychiatrist, commenting on how people can deal with their grief…. worse, mass outpourings are cathartic.

    Gimme a break.