Mr. John Harvard (Winnipeg-St. James):
Mr. Speaker, Canadians are all too aware of the strike that is going on at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation involving members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. It has robbed Canadians of some of the best radio and television programming in the world. It has removed some of the most famous faces and voices from our midst, and it has delayed production of full programming at the CBC thereby depriving and jeopardizing the CBC's ability to provide quality Canadian programming.
Because of cut-backs at the CBC, morale there has never been lower because of no clear commitment from the Government to the CBC. Employees at the CBC are concerned about their future. They fear that perhaps the next round of cuts means an end to their jobs.
Employees at the CBC deserve better. They deserve better than this perpetual uncertainty that goes on. What they deserve is a clear commitment from the Government of support of the Canadian broadcasting system, not support just to pick up awards.
April 4, 1989
Topic: CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Subtopic: EFFECT OF STRIKE