CBC says Peter Mansbridge makes just $80,000

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:10 PM ET

OTTAWA — CBC president Hubert Lacroix insulted and disrespected taxpayers by not fully disclosing the salaries of high-level CBC employees, said senators on a committee studying the public broadcaster's future.

Lacroix responded to the Senate's committee on transport and communications' request for financial disclosure by submitting 184 pages of base employee salary scales that senators said left out the full take-home income of many of the corporation's big-name personalities.

For instance, Lacroix's submission revealed that the host of CBC's The National, Peter Mansbridge, one of the most famous journalists in Canada, makes roughly $80,000 -- the same as a lower-level reporter.

"It's just not credible," said committee member and Sen. Terry Mercer on Wednesday. "You can't give us numbers like that and expect us to believe it," he said.

Sen. Dennis Dawson told QMI Agency that Lacroix's non-disclosure was "an insult to the committee."


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