Protesters call for end to CBC cuts

CBC building in Ottawa. ANDRE FORGET /QMI AGENCY

CBC building in Ottawa. ANDRE FORGET /QMI AGENCY

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

OTTAWA — Cuts to the CBC are a reflection of the Conservative government's contempt for public institutions, an activist group said Wednesday.

The group Solidarity Against Austerity protested outside the CBC's Ottawa office Wednesday and unfurled a banner that read, "Stop the Cuts!"

Despite the fact only about 50 people showed up, group member Kevin Skerrett said he expects hundreds to march through the streets of Ottawa on Thursday for the May Day protest.

He said Thursday's protest is meant to raise awareness about the "devastating effect" the Conservatives' austerity budgets have had on Canadians.

He likened the cuts to the CBC to the rollback of door-to-door postal service in Canada.

"The government wants to privatize everything," Skerrett said.

The CBC collects roughly $1.1 billion annually from taxpayers, in addition to the advertising revenue it generates.

The loss of the rights to Hockey Night in Canada cost the CBC an estimated $130 million a year in ad revenues.


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