NDP Culture and Heritage Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) called on recently appointed CBC Chair Timothy Casgrain to remove Tom Long from any involvement in the search for a new CEO and executive director of news for the public broadcaster.
“Mr. Long is a Conservative insider with ties that go all the way to PMO communications director, Sandra Buckler,” said Angus. “This is just another way for Harper to control media content. We are hoping that Mr. Casgrain will recognize this clear conflict of interest and remove Tom Long from participating in any way in the process.”
Everyone should be worried, that a man who once said Joe Clark wasn't a true conservative, who has a chief architect of the Mike Harris "common sense" revolution, who once received a lucrative contract from the Ontario Conservatives, who ran for the Canadian Alliance, who had Sandra Buckler as a media spokesman, who's old campaign manager is chief of staff for Fortier, is the "lead executive" in finding a new CBC head. Could the Conservatives have picked a more partisan person to chart the course for the CBC?
Conservatives love to point to the CBC as an example of left-wing media bias. I would submit, that the CBC as a public broadcaster merely reflects the general sense in Canada. Like it or not, Canada, as a whole, is a center-left country, why should our broadcaster pander to the margins? This hiring process has no credibililty, and looks like an obvious attempt to move the CBC to more fertile conservative ground. In short, Tom Long is an outrageous choice, which conveys no sense of objectivity or fairness.