July 23, 2017


24° C, A few clouds

Full Forecast


Advertise With Us

Winnipeg MP clarifies CBC-cuts comment

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 7/8/2014 (1080 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

OTTAWA -- Winnipeg South Centre MP Joyce Bateman acknowledged this week she was not entirely clear when she told a constituent the federal government was not making any cuts to the CBC.

Bateman's comments were recorded on the voice mail of Winnipegger Jayanne English in April, after English called Bateman to complain about cuts being made to the CBC that were affecting the broadcaster's programming. She told English if the CBC was struggling it wasn't because of the federal government.

Joyce Bateman: didn�t articulate well

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Joyce Bateman: didn�t articulate well

"They have stable funding," Bateman said last April. "I guess their crisis is their viewership is going down significantly and as a consequence their advertising revenue is going down. So that may be what you are referring to, but from a government perspective we are giving them as much taxpayer money as they ever have received."

Bateman made note of a "draft exercise deficit reduction plan" that every government department and agency had to undergo to find savings of between five and 10 per cent," but she said that was over.

"We are not making cuts to the CBC," Bateman told English.

But English, an avid CBC radio listener and one-time contributor to the science show Quirks and Quarks, knew that was not true.

"I absolutely felt like she was lying to me," English said.

She said Bateman made it seem like the draft exercise was never implemented and it was.

In 2011, the federal government announced $115 million would be slashed from the CBC budget over three years, with the final $45-million cut happening in the current year.

Bateman's assistant told the Free Press Bateman was trying to explain there were no newly announced cuts coming to the CBC, and acknowledges the broadcaster is being asked to cut back the same as all other departments.

"MP Bateman didn't articulate the point well and for that she apologizes," her assistant, Caitlin MacGregor, said. "She was trying to explain that in April, when CBC announced job cuts, there were not new CBC funding cuts announced from the Government of Canada over and above the previously announced Deficit Reduction Action Plan."

English said her fear is the government will not be truthful about lots of other things, as well.

"If they are lying to me about this, what else are they lying to me about?" she asked. "I just don't trust them."



Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Photo Store

Scroll down to load more