Tories are Suffocating the CBC,
By John Trent
...the present Conservative leadership is ignoring the basic lessons
of Canadian history. It is turning its back on its own traditions...
Since coming to power the Conservatives have systematically imposed
a policy of suffocation on all the areas that are important for
Canada as a sovereign and competent country... including... cultural
and communications policy and institutions...
Suffocation has several characteristics that are beneficial to
the Conservative government. It can be imposed by the one in control
of dominant power. While it is slow, it eventually kills. It is
silent. It gradually incapacitates, often without being perceived.
The (suffocating institution) finds it impossible to communicate
(its) increasing agony. When the final paroxysm arrives it is too
late for revival.
...this is what is happening to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation..
This article originally appeared in Sources, Winter 1986/1987
From "Put Your Mittens On, Susie, an Essay on Canadian Political
Culture", by John Trent, presented at the annual meeting of
the Council of Canadians, Ottawa, October, 1986.
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