Mr. Fred McCain (Carleton-Charlotte):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. On Tuesday, December 7, the CBC presented the regularly scheduled program "The Fifth Estate". Whereas this particular program, hosted by Adrianne Clarkson, entitled "Citizen McCain" gives unfavourable publicity to the major processing part of the agricultural industry of New Brunswick, it may have a detrimental effect on the marketing of agricultural products from the area and a resulting decrease in employment and in the general prosperity in the area; whereas the program by innuendo reflected upon the effectiveness of government programs of assistance to underdeveloped areas, and whereas the program was biased, inaccurate and totally improper, it will inevitably reflect upon the credibility of all CBC documentaries. Therefore, I move, under Standing Order 43, seconded by the hon. member for Annapolis Valley (Mr. Nowlan):
That the minister responsible for the CBC should, first, severely reprimand all those who were responsible for the preparation and presentation of this program; second, take the necessary steps to ensure that the CBC will never again present programs of such inaccuracy and bias; third, insist upon an apology to all those insulted by the demeaning program; and, fourth, have the officials responsible called before the Standing Committee on Broadcasting, Films and Assistance to the Arts for their consideration.
Subtopic: CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic: SUGGESTED REPRIMAND OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROGRAM "CITIZEN McCAIN"-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43