OTTAWA — CBC used taxpayers' money to gain access to a movie premiere for a film they co-produced and owned the rights to, documents show.
According to documents obtained by QMI Agency under access to information laws, CBC was the exclusive media sponsor for the David Suzuki Foundation's Live Your Legacy gala in September 2010. The gala, which coincided with the Toronto International Film Festival, was used to launch a movie about Suzuki's life called Force of Nature and to mark 20 years of the Suzuki Foundation.
"As a partner in David's career, we would like to ask that CBC participate in this celebration by purchasing a table sponsorship at the event," an e-mail from the foundation to CBC reads.
The offer presented to CBC required an investment ranging from $10,000 for two tickets to $100,000 to sponsor the head table. CBC refused to release the amount they paid to the foundation but the contract shows they purchased a table of 10 plus two single tickets.