OTTAWA — A group that lobbies for the survival of the CBC was at it again Thursday, pleading for more tax dollars to bail out the broadcaster.
Ian Morrison of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting — a group that, despite its name, only stumps for the state broadcaster — also promoted a conspiracy theory starring Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the CBC's board of directors.
According to Morrison, Harper, nine of the board's 12 members and CBC president Hubert Lacroix are in cahoots to drive the broadcaster into the ground.
He based his theory on data that shows the nine board appointees have donated money to the Conservatives and the fact Lacroix is a Harper appointee.
"Stephen Harper's mission has been to silence and control our CBC, just as he has done with a long list of other perceived enemies," Morrison said.
Besides shrinking audiences, the secretive CBC faces a cash crunch when it loses the rights to Hockey Night in Canada after this season.