Don't Privatize The CBC, Abolish It
February 1st, 2020 | RR
It wouldn't be wise for the Conservative Party to make abolishing the CBC a part of its platform just yet. I make a case for playing nice with the CBC here. However, the country's national broadcaster has not only become a Liberal Party campaign machine, it has become a black hole for taxpayers. There will come a time when most Canadians will feel comfortable getting rid of the CBC and—when that time comes—it should be abolished, not privatized.
Canada sends the CBC more than $1.2 Billion each year and—if Justin Trudeau gets his way—that number will go even higher. Meanwhile, the national broadcaster is hemorrhaging ad revenues faster than it can layoff its low-end employees and win back its viewership. Ever since the network lost Hockey Night In Canada, it has been a steady downhill slide. Combining that epic loss with the CBC's ongoing and shameless slant to the political left would have ended with insolvency in the private sector, but because the CBC receives billions in taxpayer handouts every year, it still manages to chug along.
One day, however, the chugging will end.
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Canadians will never recover the billions they've lost on the CBC over the past few decades. The money is gone, so there's no point trying to salvage whatever hundreds of millions, or few billion dollars, taxpayers would get from selling the CBC. If we look at the news programs and networks operated by Shaw, Bell and Rogers, they are all as bad as CBC News when covering politics and social issues. Selling the CBC to the highest bidding corporation wouldn't change its left-wing slant. As for the network's entertainment division—have you seen some of the homemade Canadian garbage offered by CTV and Global lately, like Private Eyes, The Launch and Nurses? Selling the CBC to the private sector won't make Canadian television any better.
The best solution is to cut our losses. The $15B we've lost over the past decade is gone. We're better off abolishing the CBC and eliminating its funding by 100%. Step one is to revoke or expire its broadcasting license, followed by legislation that would permanently stop all funding and amend the Broadcasting Act. Any of the physical assets (Crown property) should be sold off and the profits invested into scholarships or education grants for less fortunate families.
If you want to convince your liberal friends to abolish the CBC, simply ask them how often they watch anything produced or aired by the CBC. Then tell them where that extra $1.2B dollars could be spent to make Canada a better place for less fortunate and underprivileged children and families.
Here are some examples.
Up to 50,000 poor Canadians could receive $2000 per month in universal basic income. Or, the government could implement a new welfare program that selects up to 35,000 poor and homeless Canadians to receive $2000 a month for a year, just to help them get on their feet. If that's too ambitious for your CBC-loving liberal buddies, you could suggest investing that extra annual billion into universities and colleges under the agreement that they lower everyone's tuition.
If your liberal friends quiver with disgust over the idea of giving smelly poor people free money, you'll know exactly what kind of hypocrites they are. If they tell you that Canada already has welfare programs in place and can continue to fund the CBC while doing all the things I mentioned above, just unfriend the idiots and ban them from entering your home. Seriously.
"There will come a time when most Canadians will feel comfortable getting rid of the CBC and—when that time comes—it should be abolished, not privatized."
Last month, it was reported that the Trudeau government has pushed federal spending to the highest levels in Canadian history. Canada's current rate of government spending is over $9,000 per person and will probably increase in 2020. Healthcare spending is expected to grow by nearly 5% over the next ten years and the national debt will balloon to $900 Billion by the end of the decade. So, next time your liberal friends say we have enough money to do it all, show them the numbers. Then ask them how they feel about saddling their children and grandchildren with a massive national debt that can only be paid off with higher taxes and cuts to essential services.
The sad reality is that the $1.2 Billion we'd save every year from abolishing the CBC wouldn't even put a meaningful dent in our national debt. The only way to make the money count would be to invest it in building a stronger, smarter and skilled population—which would naturally make our economy more resilient. The better way to do that is to invest the savings into education, entrepreneurial endeavours and helping low income families get on their feet. A real tax cut for low income earners might be a good start as well.
When the time comes to abolish the CBC, politicians on all sides will be trying to find ways to spend the extra money. Chances are, most of their suggestions will work to benefit labour unions, corporations and activist groups (the people who influence them), rather than real, ordinary Canadians. It'll be important for Canadians and the new non-CBC journalists to pay close attention to how the money gets spent, redistributed and invested. With the CBC gone, there will be fewer journalists who find benefits in regurgitating Liberal talking points and running with Liberal narratives. Many of the newly unemployed journalists might find jobs working at new right-leaning organizations like The Rebel or True North, or they might find opportunities down South, working for Fox News or Breitbart.
A future without the CBC could be good for everyone.
Getting to the point where most Canadians are ok with getting rid of the CBC is the real challenge. We're getting close, but we aren't there yet. Despite not watching CBC programs and news, many Canadians would still be easily manipulated by Liberals and activists to oppose the destruction of the CBC. Rhetoric about it being a “cultural icon” and a part of Canadian heritage will be a majority of what we hear, but talking about the cost of keeping it alive is a good way to counter the nonsense. Talking about ways the money could be better spent, particularly on issues that are dear to the hearts of Liberal voters, is a good way to build a case against the CBC.
How many poor Canadians could be lifted out of poverty with $1.2 Billion? How low could government push tuition by doling out some of that cash to universities and colleges? How much progress could we make toward a carbon-neutral economy if we handed out grants to young inventors and entrepreneurs? These are the questions Liberals and CBC supporters need to be asked. Instead of talking about tax cuts and smaller government, like conservatives often do, the key to turning Canadians against the CBC is in the right questions.
How true to their own principles are your liberal and socialist friends? Find out, by talking about the good things we could do with the money we save from abolishing the CBC.
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