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Questioned about this in the foyer of the House of Commons, the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, responded point blank: I think she should be shown the door.
Ms. St-Onge, who appeared a few moments later in front of journalists, did not want to reiterate her confidence in the CEO, but she nevertheless judged that Ms. Tait has a role to play during the period difficult that the public broadcaster is going through at the moment, just like all Canadian media.
In an email to The Canadian Press, CBC/Radio-Canada said the 3% spending reduction represents $38 million over three years. The Bloc and New Democrats believe that the public broadcaster must be exempt from these cuts.
The Conservative Party avoided commenting on this issue but promises to abolish public funding of the English network and transform its Toronto headquarters into housing if he comes to power.
In addition, while decisions remain to be made, the Liberal government reiterates that it wishes to redefine the mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada before the next election in order to protect the public broadcaster against a possible change of government in Ottawa.
Again on Wednesday, Minister St-Onge insisted on the annual structural deficit incurred by the public broadcaster, in particular due to the drop in advertising revenue. So I'm looking to the future to ensure sustainability, she said.
CBC/Radio-Canada announced at the beginning of December the elimination of 600 jobs and the abolition of 200 vacant positions. The Crown corporation estimates this will save $60 million. The rest of the deficit would be absorbed by cuts of $25 million in discretionary spending and $40 million in independent productions.
At the federal government, sources had indicated that the cuts were premature, even a little ridiculous. They suggested that CBC/Radio-Canada has no indication that its budget will be cut. State, CBC/Radio-Canada operates independently of Parliament. The broadcaster receives about $1 billion in federal funding each year.