CBC union wants taxpayers to pay more

CBC headquarters in downtown Toronto. (QMI File photo)

CBC headquarters in downtown Toronto. (QMI File photo)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:44 PM ET

OTTAWA — The union representing CBC workers says the broadcaster needs a 50% increase in funding on top of the $1.1 billion it already gets from taxpayers.

The CBC and its French branch, Radio-Canada, receive roughly $29 per Canadian, annually.

The union for the English branch said the CBC credit must increase to over $43.50 per Canadian over a five-year period for the corporation to stay "strong and independent."

Alex Levasseur, head of Radio-Canada's union, said the public broadcaster is headed for destruction if its "broken" funding model isn't changed.

He called for an immediate end to CBC funding cuts and a national dialogue on the future of the corporation.

Canadians need to ask themselves if they want the CBC, and how they're going to fund it properly, Levasseur said.

The past couple of years haven't been easy for the public broadcaster.


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