NDP MP accuses minister of 'killing Hockey Night in Canada'

Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry and Ron MacLean.

Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry and Ron MacLean.

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:45 PM ET

OTTAWA - A New Democrat MP accused Heritage Minister Shelly Glover of killing CBC's ability to host Hockey Night in Canada.

"Why did you kill Hockey Night in Canada?" NDP MP Kennedy Stewart asked Glover on Thursday during a Canadian Heritage committee meeting.

Glover responded only with "Wow!"

Media giant Rogers Communications recently outbid the CBC for the popular TV sports program and as a result the public broadcaster will reportedly lose more than $100 million in annual advertising revenue.

Glover appeared before the heritage committee Thursday and was grilled over her government's cuts to the CBC budget. The Conservatives forced the public broadcaster to find roughly $115 million in savings by 2015.

Glover said government cuts to the CBC were a response to the recession and independent of the recent losses in advertising revenue.

"The CBC has enough money," she said. "The $1.1 billion it gets is almost the same size as my entire departmental budget."


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